Y’all, I am so excited to write this post about The Lights Festival. Attending a Lantern Festival has been on my bucket list for years and I finally had the chance to cross this item off over the weekend. 🏮
For this exciting event, we headed to Grandview, Texas, which is about an hour drive from Dallas. I used Google Maps to get there and drove down many small dirt roads. Surprisingly, I did not get lost and it was a pleasant drive. 🚗
Now, for those of who are not familiar with a Lantern Festival, here is a quick description:
A Lantern Festival is a traditional Chinese festival that has been celebrated over 2,000 years. It is typically conducted on January 15 of the Chinese lunar calendar and symbolizes the coming of spring. The tradition of a Lantern Festival includes writing your wishes on a lantern, lighting it up, and releasing it into the sky.
While there are many companies that have created these events in the states, I really enjoyed The Lights Festival. Our tickets each included one lantern and a small pouch that had a marker, a sticker, and a key chain flashlight. Instructions on how to light and release the lantern were written on the packaging and there were fire torches throughout the area for everyone to use.
The weather was perfect for the Lantern Festival. The night was pitch black and once everyone started to release their lantern, the sky was filled with beautiful lights and fireworks. I believe everyone was just in awe of the scene.
If you are planning on attending a Lantern Festival in the future, I highly recommend doing research ahead of time to familiarize yourself with the process of lighting and releasing a lantern. There were many instances where I noticed people did not properly allow their lantern to fill with heat and air, therefore the lantern would not “fly” and almost caused some accidents. The most used phrase of the night was certainly “watch out!”
In all, I hope you have the opportunity to attend this event in your city. It is something I will always remember and since my wish was for a better 2017, I am crossing my fingers that it comes true.
Have you ever attended a Lantern Festival? Let me know below!