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Chinese Flying lanterns!


I read this article just now regarding chinese flying lanterns and I think they're absolutely beautiful!  


My friends and I started a tradition last year that we would fly one lantern whenever one of us turns 30!  Even just the one lantern looks amazing in the air!  They are flame retardant and biodegradable!  They fly for about 20 minutes before burning out, but such worth it just to watch!  We got the idea from me watching a kid's movie called Tangled, believe it or not!  

I think it's a really cute and romantic idea!  
Apr 23, 2012 @ 03:34 pm

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I seen this on a program once its quite stunning!
Apr 23, 2012 @ 03:40 pm

we chinese people call it Kongming lantern

Acturally this is an old traditional chinese custome which has a very long history. The lantern are named Kongming for memory of one of the famous militarist in chinese history.

In big days or festivals like chinese spring festeval people will flying the lanterns for we believe that it will take all bad luck away and bring us fortune. Different people try different ways in flying , some will write some words on the lantern to wish a good luck, some prefer to make a wish after light it and before let go. Generally the maker will draw pictures on the lantern for decoration , like flowers, dagon, fish ect. pictures can also draw as assigned, for example couples will draw a red heart to show their love anything like that, it really interesting!
May 03, 2012 @ 10:43 pm


That's a beautiful tradition! Thank you for the information and history lesson! :)
May 04, 2012 @ 09:54 am


These are so pretty and cool! I especially love this picture:

They don't even look real! I wonder how I could DIY this....mmm...
May 04, 2012 @ 10:24 am

@ cheryycc

Fascinating tradition!I love hearing traditional stories and that one associated with the lanterns is so clever...To float all the bad luck away so fortune can come ?
May 04, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

post above

That was supposed to be a heart not a question mark not sure why that happened.
May 04, 2012 @ 12:58 pm


We actually have a Lantern Festival every year here in St. John's, NL.
It's a family event where everyone goes to the park, makes their lantern during the day and then there is a lantern parade at night. So cool to see lanterns that children and adults made themselves. There's months of preparation for the festival and some people make some really amazing lanterns in advance :)

I'd be so scared to let them off in the sky though. There are lots of trees around here and I wouldn't want to be responsible for setting them ablaze!
May 04, 2012 @ 01:24 pm

So beautiful!!!

I also seen this on tangled and 90210! Love this and would love to do this! Amy I'm jealous! When do they generally do this? If we're there for a visit I want to go!!!
May 05, 2012 @ 01:05 pm

Just wondering...

Wouldn't there be a chance of forest fires or brush fires? Would there be remnants in the lakes, parks or sea? Even if all components are 100% biodegradable (are they?), wouldn't the debris fall into someone's yard or something? Is this a beautiful but dangerous form of littering?
May 05, 2012 @ 02:32 pm

Huge hit at weddings!

I love these lanterns. I'm a wedding photographer, and one of my couples decided to do this during their reception. They had each of their guests light a lantern, make a wish, and let it float up into the dark shy. It was absolutely beautiful, and the guests raved about it for hours!
Jun 05, 2012 @ 03:54 pm

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