Thais like to celebrate with Sky Lanterns. These are a paper “balloon” with a burner underneath.
First the burner must be attached to the lantern with thin wire. The burner is like a roll of tape that is impregnated with some kind of substance that burns with a nice big yellow flame, which gives the lantern that lovely bright warm glow. The burner is actually quite difficult to light, with a lighter, but once lit it stays lit.
Then you must wait for the balloon part to fill with hot air from the burner. Once there is enough hot air the sky lantern will take off, generally people give them a little encouragement, with a “push” skywards.
The real pros with these things light them then rest of the sand until ready to take off. However for a couple it’s nice for one to hold either side, until the lantern is ready to go.
The sky is lit up with 1000s of these laterns during Thai festivals such as Loy Catong, it’s a very pretty site.
These are the best photos I managed to get of the sky lanterns on the ground. The lovely Thai couple are totally absorbed and enjoying what they are doing, plus they were the most photogenic. I didn’t see this when I was taking the pictures, too busy fiddling with the camera !
Photos (c) Don Charisma, taken Thailand, Nov-2013