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Sky lanterns are the latest craze to hit the country. The use of these Chinese Chinese Hanging Lanterns is not a new one. In fact, using sky lanterns is steeped in tradition going back to ancient times in China. Traditionally, these were used to send up prayers to the heavens. It evolved from there to be a means of honouring a couple at a wedding ceremony. Today the uses for sky lanterns are limited only by your imagination. They are often incorporated into public celebrations and festivals as well as for private ceremonies such as birthdays and anniversaries. But if you are not personalizing your lanterns you are missing out on half the fun.
Sky lanterns for good luck and well wishes
In keeping with the traditions from many years ago, Chinese Hanging Lanterns can be launched as a way to deliver a prayer, wish for good luck or well wishes. But, it can be more effective, not to mention more fun, if you personalize it first. All you need is a sharpie marking such as the one found at http://www.nightskylanterns.co.uk/lantern-accessories/permanent-marker-pens/prod_22.html for your convenience. You can use any type of paper lantern such as the heart shaped sky lanterns such as http://www.nightskylanterns.co.uk/novelty-sky-lanterns/heart-shaped-sky-lanterns/prod_17.html or the white cylindrical lanterns as found at http://www.nightskylanterns.co.uk/sky-lanterns/white-cylindrical-sky-lanterns/prod_10.html. Unwrap the sky lanterns and lay it out. Then, before attaching the fuel cell and lighting it you can write a special message, prayer or wish on the paper lantern. After this is done you can take it outside, attach the fuel cell, light it and launch it. As it drifts into the sky your thoughts will be carried to the heavens. This is a great way to keep with the traditions of the ancient people who started using the Chinese lanterns.
Occasions and uses for Chinese sky lanterns
Sky lanterns can be used for just about any celebration you can imagine. Personalizing it simply adds another dimension to the process so the entire experience is a lot more fun. If, however, you need some ideas consider using them for:
· New Year’s celebrations – Write your resolutions before sending them to the sky.
· Valentine’s Day – Write a special love letter or poem to the one you love before launching it together as a couple.
· St. Patrick’s Day – Fun limericks written on the Chinese Hanging Lanterns is a great way to have a contest and personalize the sky lanterns.
· Anniversaries – Launch a sky lantern for every year the couple has been together. Have everyone write and read a special memory all attendees have of the happy couple.
· Birthdays – Launch a sky lantern for every year of life with well wishes or memories being written on each one.
· Sporting events – Launch a sky lantern with the score during each period or as a celebration for the win with the final score.
· Weddings – Write a special message of good luck to launch the happy couple into their life together as the sky lanterns are launched.
· Grand opening events – Write special wishes for good luck and prosperity when opening a new business in hopes that it will succeed.
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