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Sky Lantern Festivals

One of the most magical events I have ever stumbled upon in my research is the annual sky lantern festival in Phuket, Thailand.

This event takes place every October or November in the year during Loi Kratong Festival. I think the festival is a marvelous example of how lovely some human thoughts can be and what we can create together.

Release of giant sky lanterns during Loi Krato...

Release of giant sky lanterns during Loi Kratong festival in Phuket, Thailand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a similar ceremony that takes place during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Pingxi, Taipei County. Participants release the lanterns with prayers for good luck in the new year.  For more information and photos, check out The Atlantic Online.

My dream is to someday visit this spectacular sight during the festival. In the meantime, I may end up incorporating a sky lantern festival into one of my stories.  Here is one last spectacular image for your enjoyment!

A big festival, where thousands of Khom Fai (s...

A big festival, where thousands of Khom Fai (sky lanterns) are floated in to the air during a Buddhist ceremony, is held a few days ahead of the actual Loy Krathong/Yi Peng festival in San Sai district near Maejo University, some 20 km north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Apparently, this festival will be held on a smaller scale on the 24th of October, 2009, again in San Sai municipality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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  1. Hi fellow #MNINB challenger! You have a great website/blog. The sky lantern festival looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. I wouldn’t have known about this if it weren’t for your diligent research. I like how your research gives you story ideas. Nice work.

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    • Hi Romelle!

      Thanks for checking out my website. I love learning about different cultures and festivals and things so this was a blast. I saw on your website that you’re on the path to becoming a children’s book author. That’s awesome! 😀 What inspires you in your writing?

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