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Sky Lantern Festival

Sky Lantern Festival

Sky Lantern Festival:

Sky lanterns, also known as Kongming Lantern or Chinese lanterns are airborne paper lanterns that are best known as a tradition found in some Asian cultures. They are traditionally constructed from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame, and contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density causing the lantern to rise into the air. The sky lantern is only airborne for as long as the flame stays alight, after which the lantern sinks back to the ground. Sky lanterns are also 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. Lanterns have proved extremely unpopular with farmers in many countries due to the potential for causing crop fires and the chance of death of livestock on consuming the lantern remains upon landing.

Every Chinese New Year (mid-January to mid-February depending on the lunar calendar), thousands of revelers descend upon Pingxi, a small township nestled among the mountains in northeastern Taipei County, an hour’s drive from Taipei. During the celebration, between 100,000-200,000 lanterns are launched.

Lantern launching began in the region when the Han settled there. There was much crime in the area so lanterns were released to let others know they were safe. It eventually evolved into a large-scale lantern festival when the area’s coal mines closed in the late twentieth century and the villagers needed a new source of income.
During the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, stalls selling paper lanterns, miniature toy lanterns, food and fireworks line the streets. At night, hundreds of lanterns are simultaneously launched from a school field and visitors can buy their own lanterns. Before launching the lanterns, which cost NT$100-NT$200 (US$3.25-US$6.50), people can pick the lantern color and write their wisheson the lantern. Sparklers are an option add-on. It is believed the wishes are sent to heaven and bring luck in the New Year.

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