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Create Awe-Inspiring Confucius Wishing Lanterns at the San Antonio River Walk

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In many Asian cultures, lanterns represent good luck and the promise of good fortune. Those positive vibes will be coming to the San Antonio River Walk, beginning on February 17th for the Confucius Wishing Lanterns on the Water event. From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., visitors may purchase an authentic floating lantern ($5 each) and decorate it to honor a loved one, convey good wishes, prayers or dreams. The lanterns will be launched on the river at 6:30 p.m. when the celestial event begins.

Confucius Wishing Lanterns on the Water: February 17th through March 3

Confucius Wishing Lanterns

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At the free event on February 17th, held at the Convention Center Lagoon, visitors will be treated to Asian music and dancing as well as Asian food available for purchase. After the event, every evening through March 3, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. spectators can see the illuminated lanterns as they make their way down the San Antonio River. Lit with floating LED candles, the display of lanterns will provide a breathtaking backdrop for the romantic San Antonio River Walk. In addition to the lanterns, there will also be a nightly parade featuring six floats that will display various lighted objects of Asian influence.

Lanterns Made Popular in Asian Cultures

floating lanterns

Photo: Flickr/jj-walsh

The floating lantern concept is similar to the Chinese Sky Lanterns, which represent hope and are used in celebrations and other special occasions. Chinese lanterns were originally used for military purposes in China, but gained mass popularity at festivals and children’s carnivals in China. The idea has gained interest in the United States, with people using the lanterns to mark wedding celebrations and memorials.

The Confucius Wishing Lanterns on the Water event is new for 2018 and organizers hope that it becomes a memorable tradition for families. It would be a beautiful way to memorialize a departed loved one or declare your love for a special person. To learn more about this event, visit the website for the San Antonio River Walk.

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