Originally, monks used lanterns on the twelfth day of the first lunar month in their worship of the Buddha. Today we use Chinese flying lanterns them to express blessings and joy. Many people love making a wish as the lantern is released, believing their troubles are carried away with the magical glow.
They are propelled by rising hot air generated by the flame within. They are beautiful to watch and are often released in large groups for a more eye-catching effect.
Made from biodegradable, fire-retardant (mulberry) paper, they burn out in the sky before drifting harmlessly back to the ground.
It is important that Chinese Lanterns are only used by responsible adults and should not be released in windy conditions, anywhere with overhead trees or power cables, or within five miles of an airport.