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Elizabeth Gaskell is a celebrated British author and her contributions to British literature are well noted, as well as her contributions to British society. Born in September of 1810, she was considered a pioneer of her time, speaking out for others who did not have the courage to do so. Today, a couple months before her official bicentenary, an exhibition has opened in Manchester cataloguing her life through portraits and a collection of letters. With this celebration going on in Manchester, sky lanterns would be a perfect addition to any gathering of the minds celebrating her life and letters.

Water Lanterns Complement Any Celebration

Chinese Hanging Lanterns have been around for thousands of years and their use has morphed over the years from traditional uses such as war signals or vessels for prayers to be sent up to the heavens to simply a fun way to spend an evening. They provide hours of serene entertainment and their use in Britain dates back hundreds of years; since trade routes from China were established. Today, they are often used as a mix of their original prayer vessel purpose and western thought. While sending prayers up to Elizabeth Gaskell is not exactly the western way of doing things, launching lanterns in her honour during this celebration of 200 years past her birth is very west meets east. The white, traditional Chinese lanterns would be a perfect way to celebrate her contributions to British literature.

Different Sky Lanterns, Different Uses

Another excellent way to celebrate Elizabeth Gaskell’s contributions would be a large launch of the white cylindrical sky lanterns. These floating lanterns are taller than the traditional lanterns and would be an excellent vessel for writing. Taking quotes from her letters and writing on the lantern with a sharpie marker would be an excellent way to honour her memory as well as possibly impress someone who sees them floating by or looks at one after it has landed but before it has begun the process of biodegrading.

A selection of water lanterns from would also be an excellent way to decorate an outdoor event revolving around her work. They can help provide a tranquil setting sure to help inspire deep conversation.

Alternately, going with our newest product, the ECO lantern ensures that whatever festivities are planned for Elizabeth Gaskell’s bicentenary are as environmentally safe as possible. While all of our sky lanterns are biodegradable, the ECO lanterns are wire free meaning they degrade even faster and present less possible issues with animals such as birds and livestock. In a few short weeks, the ECO lanterns leave no trace that they were there, completely degrading into nothing. Our traditional lanterns will eventually do the same thing, however, the thin wire which supports the fuel cell takes a couple months to rust away into the environment.

Whichever floating lantern choice you make, they will help you celebrate one of England’s most respected authors of the time and if you have a chance, visit the exhibit in Manchester to see her letters as they are a well written glimpse into the past.

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