Sky lantern

Sky lanterns, also known as Kongming Lantern or Chinese lanterns are airborne paper lanterns that are best known as a tradition found in some Asian cultures. They are traditionally constructed from oiled riced 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 sinks back to the ground.

Sky lanterns are also referred to as sky candles or fire balloons, however the latter term is also used to refer to balloon munitions used during World War II.

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.

The Kongming Lantern (Chinese孔明燈) was the first hot air balloon, said to be invented by the Chinese sage and military strategist Zhuge Liang, whose reverent term of address was Kongming. They were first deployed at the turn of the 3rd century as a type of signaling balloon or, as it’s said, as a type of spy blimp in warfare. Alternatively the name may come from the lantern’s resemblance to the hat Kongming is traditionally shown to be wearing. – Wikiepedia

Yesterday evening I had a fun time lighting the sky lantern and watching it float away in the horizon. Here are some photos that I clicked away. Obviously I couldn’t do this on my own. I had two people assisting me.

It was just made up of tissue paper, wire and paraffin wax block

You can see the paraffin block being lit

Hold lantern for about 2 minutes till the tissue gets filled with heat and fumes

Beautiful golden orange hot air balloon in the sky

It did go pretty far


If you would like to make your own chinese lantern, follow the instructions in the link provided below:

Happy flying!



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