Normally 15 days after Chinese New Year, the Sky Lantern Festival is held. We had our own mini-version; though due to windy and rainy weather, we had to wait for 2 months. We do not recommend lighting the lanterns if you live in a dry area.
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The tradition of lighting sky lanterns, in hope of bringing good fortune and prosperity into your life, began in China during the Han Dynasty, about 2000 years ago.
I read that they were used in the Late Han Dynasty for the purpose of military liaisons. The site I read did not go into detail about this, and being the type of person that prefers the magical images of the lanterns as they float up into the sky, I didn’t bother looking for more information.
For me it was all about the experience of being transported into a non-drug or alcoholic induced surreal and enchanting moment. And this did the trick!
The lanterns that we used are made from 100% biodegradable material (paper and bamboo). We purchased them from www.theskylantern.com
On Oahu there is also the lighting of the floating lanterns ceremony, which you can see photos of here – http://www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com/
I would love to attend this someday. 700 tea lanterns floating out to sea…again, they are biodegradable.
Thank you to all of our friends that joined in on the “Day/Evening of Fun”
To view Tom Faught’s art, click here - www.tomfaught.com To view Jan Kasprzycki’s art, click here - www.kasprzycki.com And of course to view Steven’s art, click here – www.stevenleesmeltzer.com For more info on the Chinese lantern festivals check out this site www.chinahighlights.com