Click through the slideshow to see a collection of a few notable lantern spectacles.
Lantern festivals aglow around the world
Often visually breathtaking, lantern festivals are celebrated for many reasons around the world. Some are held to symbolize a holiday, others for religious reasons, some in memoriam or reflection. Here is a collection of a few notable lantern spectacles.
Lantern Floating Hawaii is a remembrance festival held at Ala Moana Beach every Memorial Day. More than 3,000 handmade lanterns are released in honor of lost loved ones and as a prayer for a peaceful future. Participants can write memories and prayers on special paper that is stuck to the lanterns before the ceremony. Lanterns are distributed free on the day of the event.
Can't make it? Footage will be streamed live online.
MORE INFORMATION: 800-464-2924 or lanternfloating hawaii.com
The Borobudur Mahayana Buddhist monument hosts thousands of visitors annually on Vesak Day. During the holiday, Buddhist followers release large lanterns into the air that float over the 1,200-year-old temple.
The holiday is observed whenever a full moon arrives in May or June. The 2013 festival will be held May 25.
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SOUTH KOREA, Seoul
The Seoul Lantern Festival welcomes guests from around the world every November to light a symbol of "hope and friendship." More than 10,000 colorful lanterns will emit a magical glow as they are strung along the Cheonggyecheon stream.
Main events include an opening ceremony and concert. A lantern-floating event lets visitors release lanterns in the stream while traditionally praying for dreams to come true.
MORE INFORMATION: visitseoul.net
Burning the Clocks became a local tradition in 1995 to celebrate the hopes, wishes and fears of participants. It is observed annually on the winter solstice.
Revelers parade through the streets carrying homemade paper and willow lanterns, many made to look like clocks. The parade concludes at Brighton Beach, where the lanterns are burned and a big display of fireworks over the English Channel welcomes the new year.
Kits and workshops are available, with instructions on how to make safe lanterns.
MORE INFORMATION: visitbrighton.com
Every Nov. 10, the town honors the Catholic St. Martin and church reformer Martin Luther with lanterns. Singing children and adults proceed through the city streets and alleyways with homemade lanterns on their way to Martinmas market.
Once there, they congregate in the cathedral square at this ecumenical festival, celebrating with a bonfire and food.
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