The Random Writings of Rachel: Trying Something New - Floating Lanterns

Trying Something New - Floating Lanterns

On the evening of the day of the half-marathon, we attended a beach picnic birthday party. What we didn't know was that part of the activities planned for the birthday party included lighting floating paper lanterns!

It is a tradition better-known in Thailand, and one I've never experienced before. In many places it is illegal to light them, but our local friends hosting the party said that where we were, it was legal, and we asked no further questions. The paper lanterns were much larger than what I've previously envisioned, they involved more fire (for some reason, I'd always imagined they were powered by something tiny like a tea candle), and they were also a little bit challenging to actually send off into the air. We were a bit worried that a few of them would crash into the ocean far before their time, but they did all end up successfully floating!

The kids got to hold onto the smaller lanterns as they were lit and began to fill up with the hot air that would make them float.






But when the really big lanterns came out, you can bet that I quickly volunteered to help hold one. Such sacrifice, I know!


At first, Angel was lighting this one, but then they told him that he had to come hold it with me because it would be 'romantic.'



Some were saying that the party ought to have waiting until after dark to send off the lanterns...but that would require staying up late. I was perfectly content with the daylight strategy. #asleepbefore10



Other things that happened at the party were more normal, like Rebekah throwing a dead crab at MaryGrace, and afterwards being tackled to the ground by both Anna and MaryGrace...and once Mom broke up the fight...she threw another dead crab at MaryGrace. So when people ask what it's like to grow up in a family with hardly any boys...that's what it's like on some occasions...


Sarah had the intention of digging a well so deep she could reach fresh water.


And Anna just really, really loves being on the beach again.

What was the most recent time that you tried something new-to-you for the first time?

21 comments:

  1. Such lovely photographs! I havent tried anything new lately but my husband just had a contest called travel photographer Asia and I adored all the amazing festivals and rituals celebrated around the world! Such beauty and diversity!

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  2. This looks like such a lovely day! I was surprised by my photographer with a floating lantern the day of my wedding. <3

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  3. That looks like so much fun! I remember seeing paper lanterns set before and they are so pretty.

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  4. Wow that looks so beautiful! You must be having an amazing time living in Malaysia!

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  5. This looks so cool! I've always wanted to do this ever since seeing Tangled and how gorgeous the animated lanterns look - I'm sure it's even more beautiful in person!

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  6. what an awesome experience! I really want to do this!

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  7. What fun! I've always wanted to do this.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  8. WOW! What beautiful pictures! This is definitely something I would enjoy doing and I'm so jealous you got to do it!

    Rachel / www.seashellsandsparkles.com

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  9. Oh how fun! I love floating lanterns!

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  10. I've done this twice. One was a fantastic experience, very serene and relaxing. The second, not so much. lol. I'm glad you had such a fun time with them! They are beautiful to watch at night.

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  11. This is so cool! Ever since watching Tangled I've wanted to set off floating lanterns!

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  12. I've been dying to do this! I love these pictures looks like you had a fun beach day.

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  13. I LOVE floating lanterns! I've been wanting to do this for the longest time -
    They're so pretty!

    Christie's Take on Life. xx

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  14. Those lanterns are so beautiful! I love the way it looks when there a bunch in the sky at once!

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  15. I love love love this! I've always thought that this would be such an incredible thing to do!

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  16. Oh this is amazing! I'd love to try floating lanterns ever since I saw Tangled (go figure).

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  17. That looks a-maz-ing! I've always wanted to light (or at least see) lanterns like that! I definitely need to visit Asia.

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  18. Ahhh, I've always wanted to do this!! <3 I love all the pictures! :]

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  19. Ever since I've seen Tangled, I've always wanted to do a floating lantern!

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  20. Ahhhhh that's so cool!

    Also I love that it's more "romantic" for you two to hold the lantern together.

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  21. So fun! I would love to do floating lanterns some time. Tangled got me hooked!

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