Loy Catong How To Do A Sky Lantern 2

Loy Catong How To Do A Sky Lantern 2

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 lanterns during Thai festivals such as Loy Catong, it’s a very pretty site.

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Taken in Thailand, Asia © Don Charisma

30 thoughts on “Loy Catong How To Do A Sky Lantern 2

  1. They send these up in our neighborhood in Sweden. Maybe a dozen or so. Beautiful sight, though I kept asking my husband, ‘what if they land in trees? Won’t the trees catch fire??’ He assures me they won’t! I can’t imagine how enchanting it would be to see hundreds of them drifting through the skies in Thailand.

  2. We bought some of these during our recent holiday at a well known seaside resort. It was great fun watching them fly away over the ocean late at night, but the use of these lanterns has since been forbidden by the district council, due to the fire hazard. Last Saturday at our weekly farmer’s market, a bought “ready made” paper lanterns from the Chinese gentleman who sells sushi at the market – these have LED lighting and they make a very nice display. How clever is that? You can see them on You Tube.

      1. Come to think of it, you’re right, I also can’t figure out how lift-off can be accomplished without the hot air. Maybe these are meant to be used as patio lights or strung up in trees? Pity though, seeing them fly was 90% of the fun.

      2. Opinions seem to vary on the risk of sending ignited objects into the stratosphere … the UK, US and probably Europe are worried about things catching fire … the Thais and others in Asia seem to manage without worrying about it … I haven’t studied the stats so I don’t know if it’s a risk or not … so for me it’s a when in Rome …

        And yes, 90% of the fun … perhaps there’s a “safer” form of propulsion built in ?

  3. They may be very lovely to look at, but has anyone else here thought of the environmental impact? Even when biodegradable it can take a year for the metal wire to decompose. Wildlife get trapped and farms risk injuring their livestock as they could accidentally eat it in their hay. As the cliché goes: what goes up, must come down… Just a thought.

  4. One of my friends claims that he made a sky lantern that is as big as a house. I think he is full of hot air.

  5. They have these in China too, how beautiful it was to see the sky lit up with dozens of them taking wing. The Chinese would often attach prayers, like when I left Taiwan the children in the school I taught attached their prayers for me to the lanterns to take them to heaven – such a lovely idea.

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