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.
It is considered good luck to release a sky lantern
It is considered good luck to release a sky lantern and many Thais believe they are symbolic of problems and worries floating away. 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 and causing the lantern to rise into the air.
Sky lanterns all year round for celebrations and other special occasions
Lanna, northern Thai, people use sky lanterns all year round, for celebrations and other special occasions. One very important festival in which sky lanterns are used is the Lanna festival known as “Yi Peng” which is held on a full moon of the 2nd month of the Lanna calendar. During the Yi Peng festival, a multitude of khom loi “floating lanterns” are launched into the air where they resemble large flocks of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating by through the sky. In addition, people will also decorate their houses, gardens and temples with khom fai intricately shaped paper lanterns which take on different forms.
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