Sky lanterns are traditionally used in Eastern Asia as part of religious or everyday celeberations, with a belief in their ability to bring good luck, and the coming true of wishes made as the lanterns are released and sent up into the heavens, most spectacularly at large scale sky lantern festivals such as the Pingxi festival in Taiwan. This preserve of traditional Taiwanese culture sees the gathering of thousands of people in the countryside in Taipei county to release sky lanterns. In line with traditional beliefs, the lanterns are thought to bring good luck, and carry away troubles and worries into the sky.
Those who make the journey out to the festival make wishes as they release sky lanterns, often wishing for health, love or prosperity. One very popular wish to cast is to win the lottery.
Wish lanterns are still relatively new to the Western world, but have seen their popularity soar over the last 5 years, especially within the UK, winning hearts and minds with their warmth, light and beauty.
Wish Lantern sky lanterns allow you to capture some of the magic of the Pingxi lantern festival yourself, and make your own wish as you launch a lantern. Our sky lanterns are of the highest quality available in the UK, individually wrapped with pre-attached fuel cells, are available in multi-coloured day time lantern packs, and carry a UK price match guarantee.
Sky lanterns, also known as Kongming Lantern are airborne paper lanterns traditionally found in some Asian cultures. They are 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.