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. The sky lantern is only airborne for as long as the flame stays alight, after which the lantern floats back to the ground.
Sky lanterns are also referred to as sky candles or fire balloons, however this term is also used to refer to balloon munitions used during World War II.
Sky Lanterns have proved extremely unpopular with farmers in many countries due to the potential for causing crop fires and the chance of death of livestock on consuming the lantern remains upon landing.
In ancient China, sky lanterns were strategically used in wars. However later on, non-military applications were employed as they became popular with children at carnivals. These lanterns were subsequently incorporated into festivals like the Chinese Mid-Autumn and Lantern Festivals. Pingsi in the Taipei County of Taiwan holds an annual Lantern Festival in which sky lanterns are released.
Chinese sky lanterns and wedding lanterns are great for any occasion whether it is for a birthday celebration, fireworks party, new year party or even just to brighten up your garden.
A great source of light for outdoors areas when the sun goes down, Chinese sky lanterns and wedding lanterns are a cheap way to light outdoor areas and give it an special authentic look and feel.Please feel free to browse through our range of sky lanterns and wedding lanterns which come in different pack sizes, if you do not find the type of Chinese sky lanterns and wedding lanterns that you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact us and our helpful team will be more than happy to assist.
Chinese sky lanterns and wedding lanterns have grown more popular in the western world but actually have a deep rooted history in Chinese and Thai cultures, with records suggesting that they were being used as torches at New Year as early as 250BC. The sky lanterns were used in an effort to find religious spirits or Gods and were largely owned by prestigious figures of the Church.
When sky lanterns and wedding lanterns became more popular they were used on mass; villagers would gather on the streets and hold the sky lanterns and wedding lanterns up into the air in an attempt to see their deceased loved ones fly into the afterlife.
The sky lanterns and wedding lanterns traditionally had wooden frames and were covered in oiled paper, which is much like their image today.
The Chinese sky lanterns and wedding lanterns can be seen in various shapes and sizes and more recently can be found in the form of heart or flower shapes in a range of different colours. Traditionally, the colour red on a lantern signified heightened energy or a new marriage; a happy event that could also include a new birth or addition to the family. Blue symbolised illness or hard times and white would be used in mourning after the death of a loved one or a sad event. The height the sky lanterns was placed indicated the social status of the family, similarly the size of the lantern would signify how wealthy a household was.
Chinese and Thai cultures still use Chinese sky lanterns and wedding lanterns in this sense but as their popularity has grown across the globe, people now use sky lanterns and wedding lanterns more for decorative purposes than for symbolism. They have been seen at weddings, birthdays, and even used as outdoor lighting in garden parties or BBQs. They are often released into the sky rather than tied down and watched for miles as they drift across the horizon.
Mystical and serene looking, it is no wonder Chinese sky lanterns and wedding lanterns have become more admired and continue to grow in popularity.