17 Jan Sky Lanterns
Looking back at some really great events in 2014, I have to say a major highlight for me was my first experience with sky lanterns. If you haven’t seen these in action before, definitely check out my video below! It comes compliments of Jillian and Dan’s wedding which I had the privilege to film this past October.
I heard earlier that evening that everyone would be heading outside after the first dance and toasts to send off lanterns but I had no idea what that meant. There was even a competition to determine who from each table (there was one lantern per table) would be the spokesperson and ultimately send off their lanterns. As you’ll see, holding and filling these is anything but a one-person job, but ultimately good teamwork pays off in the end.
I can’t decide if it was more magical to watch them lift-off or continue their ascent until they disappear into the night sky. I hope enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed filming!
“A sky lantern, also known as Kongming lantern or Chinese lantern, is a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended.
In Asia and elsewhere around the world, sky lanterns have been traditionally made for centuries, to be launched for play or as part of long-established festivities. The name “sky lantern” is a translation of the Chinese name tiān dēng (天燈, 天灯). Sky lanterns have also been referred to as sky candles or fire balloons, however the latter term is also used to refer to balloon munitions used during World War II.” – Wikipedia