Hope in Flight – Sky Lantern

KongMing Sky Flying Lantern (Sky Lanterns) are very Chinese traditional which is first invented and found in the history of “The Three-Kingdom Period’. It is to be taken as a signal of the armies.

People now launch it to convey their wishes to the heaven. Words might be written by people themselves to particularly specify their wishes.

Festivals, celebrations, weddings, birthdays and even friends or family gatherings are the best occasion for launching. Sky Lanterns are no doubly your ambassadors of wishes. It is even more magnificent if you launch hundreds the same time.

In the recent years, Sky Lantern are much likely to be adopted by the Fireworks Display groups as a perfect supplement to their shows as well.

Others may take it as a symbol of health, longevity, happiness, auspicious and prosperity.

Launching your Sky Lantern: Safety Considerations

Sky lanterns are safe to use as long as you keep in mind a few simple but important guidelines:

•    Choose a fire-retardant Sky Lantern.  It bears repeating:  A good sky lantern is made of fire-resistant materials and has a non-drip fuel cell to reduce the chance of the lantern burning in flight or lighting a fire on the ground when it lands.  While safety-related problems with sky lanterns are rare, paying a little bit more for a good quality lantern can avoid tragedy and improve your peace of mind related to your event.

•    Choose an appropriate place for your launch.  The best places to release sky lanterns are in open fields or beaches.  Never release sky lanterns within five miles on an airport, near roads, dry fields, trees, or power lines.  Avoid launching lanterns where they may be misconstrued as a distress signal.  If you’re launching a number of lanterns near the coast, you may want to alert authorities beforehand to avoid costly or embarrassing misunderstandings.

•    Weather & Wind.  Lanterns fly best in clear, calm weather.  Light rain is not optimal, but lanterns will not fly during heavy rains.  Check with a reputable weather source to determine wind speed and direction before launch.  Lanterns should not be released in winds greater than five miles per hour because their course may become unpredictable, sending them into trees or other obstacles.  Higher winds also increase the chance of a lantern coming down while still lit.  Double check your lantern’s flight path based on wind direction to be sure there are no dangerous obstacles in its path.

•    Basic Precautions.  Always keep a fire extinguisher or supply of water within easy reach during your launch.  Don’t launch a lantern if you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and don’t smoke during a launch.

•    Clothing and Hair.  Be mindful of your clothing and hair when working with a sky lantern’s open flame.  Choose clothing that fits tight to the body—no loose, flowing sleeves or scarves—and be sure long hair is safely tied back and kept away from the flame.

•    Adult Supervision.   Children love sky lanterns, but they should never be allowed to launch a lantern without close adult supervision.

How to Light it?

Step 1: Carefully take out the lanterns from the package. It is very thin and light, any harder steps might lead to the break of the lanterns. Write on your wishing words on the lanterns with the pens before lighting, which is said to be important for a wish-making lantern. And it is no need for this step if it is a special ordering printed lantern. Unwrap the lanterns; Lift it up a bit to let more air in to the space. Unfold the attached squared fuel, stick it with the cross frame. Make sure it is well balanced to better control the launching.

Step 2: Hold up the top of the lanterns to ensure it is well unwrapped, light each corner of the fuel.

Step 3: Turn to hold the bottom of the lanterns when it is fully filled with hot air. It starts to be lighter and a bit up-lifting, while, in the mean time, you softly let it off of your hand. Now it is the time to make a wish.

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