Spent mid-autumn festival in Sg Petani this year, which was really a timing factor, as we needed to be back in Sg Petani to conduct some prayers for hubby's late mum.
The surprising info I got from his siblings was that every year, during mid-autumn festival, the locals will flock to a local park, light candles all over the park and release Kung Ming lanterns to commemorate the festival. His siblings then asked hubby to bring me to the park to catch a glimpse of it all, and the funny part was that hubby didn't know that such an occurrence even existed in his kampung -_-" (a bit fail, I know!).
|Children and adults lighting candles along the walkways.|
|Light the way...!|
|Kung Ming lanterns preparing to float into the night skies of Sg Petani.|
Kung Ming lanterns are very pretty, although a potential hazard to air crafts if they soar too high. The concept of the lantern is just like the hot air balloon, only for the Kung Ming lantern, it will stay afloat until the flames go out, after which the lantern will just fall back to the ground (on other words, littering happens). Another danger of the lantern is that it might catch fire and fall onto someone's roof or crops, or some innocent passerby's head. So, as pretty as the lantern is, I don't really want to contribute to the statistic. Still, it's very pretty to see so many lanterns afloat in the night sky :)