If you’ve been surfing around the internet as long as I have, then chances are you’ve stumbled across pictures or video of a lantern festival. Popular in China, Thailand, and other Asian countries, lantern festivals are a very popular way to celebrate a variety of occasions. In fact, it was these pictures and videos that inspired us to sell sky lanterns on this very website in anticipation that they would soon become popular in America as well. As you may have guessed, our hunch has paid off as more and more people are using sky lanterns in America.
The most famous of all is in fact called the Lantern Festival, and it is celebrate in China on the 15th day of the first month in the new lunar calendar. This tradition dates back to at least the 15th century, but many scholars assert that its roots lie even deeper. When the festival date approaches, many areas of the country setup specific locations for people to come and release their sky lanterns in large groups. Many small villages even have their own artisans that craft special sky lanterns for each specific person, and almost always the person releasing the sky lantern will include their own sentiment or wish before the lantern is let go.
Many people believe that the Lantern Festival is a time of renewal and for people’s wishes to come true. That is why you see the tradition used in more and more events from weddings to birthdays and even on New Year’s Eve. More and more families are participating in the Lantern Festival right here in America as well with such a diverse population of Asian peoples arriving on our shores every single year. Every day more and more people are using sky lanterns, and it’s easy to understand why when you see how cool they look.
The event where sky lanterns are getting the most popular is definitely weddings with many couples choosing to buy them for all of their guests. Much like at the Lantern Festival, guests write their well-wishes for the new couple or a loved one that couldn’t be at the wedding on their sky lanterns before they’re released into the heavens. Whether you believe that this will help you wishes come true or not, it is a very fun and awe-inspiring spectacle that is growing more and more popular every single year.
Whether you’re planning to use your sky lanterns for the Lantern Festival or you’re buying them for another type of event, rest assured that you’re not alone in this endeavor. More and more people are celebrating the Lantern Festival each year right here in America, so make sure you stock up ahead of time. There’s nothing cooler than going out back and releasing your sky lanterns during the Lantern Festival and seeing other people’s lanterns float by. I always wonder what those people wrote on their lantern and if other people out there are wondering the same thing about my sky lantern. Even if you don’t see another sky lantern all night long, it is still an event you’ll savor for weeks.