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Enjoy an Ethereal Experience at ‘The Lantern Fest’ Near Austin

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Prepare to ooh and ahh at the ethereal sight of thousands of glowing lanterns filling the night sky at The Lantern Fest in Austin on Sunday, October 1. The Lantern Fest is an opportunity for thousands of revelers to join as a community and create an unforgettable spectacle of light. According to The Lantern Fest website, after an afternoon of live music, dancing, and s’mores, when the sun sets and the time is just right, the sky will light with lanterns representing our highest hopes, deepest regrets, and fondest dreams.

A Symbol of Good Fortune and Life of Loved Ones

Lantern Fest

Photo: Facebook/The Lantern Fest

Historically, lanterns were used to symbolize good fortune, request favorable weather, or celebrate the life of a loved one. Originating in China, they’re also known as Kongming lanterns or Chinese lanterns, the lantern is a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended.

In Asia and elsewhere around the world, sky lanterns have been traditionally made for centuries, to be launched for play or as part of long-established festivities. The name “sky lantern” is a translation of the Chinese name but they have also been referred to as sky candles or fire balloons.

Held in Nearby Paige, Texas

Lanterns in sky

Photo: Facebook/The Lantern Fest

At Lantern Fest, you can go there to turn over a new leaf or just to capture some likes on Instagram. Families and friends can dance to music, roast marshmallows, and munch on snacks provided by local vendors, all before watching the lanterns float away in an unforgettable release.

The event will be held at the Cottonbowl Speedway in nearby Paige, Texas. Gates open at 3 p.m. The lanterns typically launch about 30 minutes after sunset. Bring a blanket or chair and settle in for an awe-inspiring experience. For more information on The Lantern Fest, visit their website or Facebook page.