Tacloban Sky Lantern launch marks Tiger New Year & Valentine’s Day
“Kung Hei Fat Choi!”
Happy New Year! in Chinese greeting. This year, the celebration of the Chinese New Year fell exactly on the same date as Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010. According to Chinese Astrology, this year is the year of Metal Tiger.
And what could be a more fitting way to celebrate both Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year but to have a sky lantern launching – a first for the City of Tacloban!
Sky lanterns or mini-hot air balloons have become popular in some Asian countries where they have been incorporated into festivals like the Chinese Mid-Autumn and Lantern Festivals, also in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Many of these festivals are held following one’s cultural calendar marking a new year wherein sky lanterns are released.
It is considered good luck to release a sky lantern, and many also believe they are symbolic of problems and worries floating away. One also sends prayers and wishes with these lit lanterns.
Spearheaded by the Leyte Sky Lantern Society, a hundred or so mini-hot air balloons were lit and released yesterday at sundown at the Balyuan Grounds, Tacloban City.
It was an awesome sight!
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