8,000 Chinese lanterns released on shortest night of the year

For a moment it seemed like the night sky was ablaze.

But these were not shining stars but thousands of KongMing Sky Flying Lanterns that were released above Poznan in central Poland on June 21.

The spectacular sight was organised to mark the shortest night of the year, known as Midsummer Night or St John’s Night.

Starry eyed surprise: Thousands of Chinese lanterns are released during the Kupala Night in Poznan, Poland to celebrate the shortest night of the year

Shooting a star: An amazed festival goer records on her mobile phone the mass release of lanterns

Residents in the city celebrate the evening in a festival of fire, water, sun and moon, harvest, fertility, joy, and love.

Thousands of people converged on a field in the city as the sun went down after the event was advertised on Facebook.

The revellers queued at dozens of stores that were set up at the event to buy the Flying Lanterns.

Festival of love: A reveller reaches for the heavens as she releases a heart shaped lantern with a couple kissing in the background, and right, two women express their delight as they set free a lantern.
You light up the sky: Three people release lanterns for the Kupala Night which broke the record for the largest number of lanterns sent into the sky in Poland

Joy: Hundreds of people gathered in the field after word of the event spread online and the lanterns were released at nightfall

More than 1,000 of the lanterns were released en masse at around 22.30 as night fell to the tune of Chariots of Fire. Within an hour some 8,000 had been released.

The event smashed the Polish record for the largest number of lanterns released on one time. Organisers now plan to beat the Guiness world record at the same event next year.

‘This was the most romantic night in Poland as thousands of pairs of eyes looked up to the night sky in woner,’ said one person who attended.

‘The lantersn began to resemble twinkling stars and everybody was suitaby impressed. It was an incredible atmosphere watching the stars soar to heaven.’

When thousands people are doing the same thing, it is called art. So let’s start now to do it together to create the art of our own.

KongMing Sky Flying Lantern Wishing Light FTH-11378

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