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Night Lights Lantern Festival - beautiful details // Episode 161

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great weekend!! It's been a hot second since I last posted on here, but I'm so excited to be back in the grind of making and sharing videos and content! It was sweet, as well as being my intended purpose, to ease up on here as the school year started, and so this week I'm excited to share a new video with you that I've been working on.

A few weeks ago I got a crazy opportunity to attend a lantern festival in the Poconos with some friends and their family, and yes, I know, your immediate reaction is that it is definitely straight out of a movie (you're probably thinking of this one from Tangled)... and I thought so too! It was an incredible experience, and such a meaningful one to share with such good people. I really had no idea what to expect, but it turns out that this Night Lights event is one of only two lantern festivals that take place on the East Coast, so there were tons of people from all over the country attending that weekend. We went on Sunday night, which just so happened to be my last night of summer, adding a fun twist to the experience. With my first class of 11th grade happening in just 12 hours, I was letting a flaming lantern off into the sky above the Pocono Raceway - isn't it crazy how life works out sometimes?!

I don't think anyone really knows how lantern festivals work, probably because you don't believe they're real until you see pictures like these, lol, but it's a very interesting experience. Mid-Sunday afternoon we arrived at a large field beside the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA, checked in, picked up one lantern per person, a fire kit and s'mores, and set up camp until nightfall. There were lots of food trucks, booths, and photo ops, which made it fun to circulate until it got dark and everyone began the lighting process. While the process definitely looks elegant and smooth in the video and all photos you'll see, it's actually really difficult to not only light the lantern, but then let it gather enough hot air to float up into the night. It was a kind of gradual process, with some people lighting theirs immediately and others taking longer, so for probably 15 minutes there was a steady flow of lanterns being lit and taking off. After countless photos and videos, everyone makes their way into the night and back home!

Once lit, it was a truly beautiful experience. Everyone decorated their lantern differently - some with drawings or sketches, fun lettering, or prayers to loved ones who had passed. On mine I wrote "be a light in the darkness", a cheesy but appropriate reminder for the night and life. I'm so thankful for such an incredible experience, and I hope you enjoy the video and photos!! Check it out and enjoy!!


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