Lanterns – Thai, Sky and Wish

Our Wish Lanterns as known around the world as many different names including Sky Lanterns, Thai Lanterns, Flying Lanterns, Chinese Lanterns and of course Wish Lanterns. We have even heard them being referred to as UFO Ballons!

So why are they known as so many different names, why aren’t they just called the one name? Well, there are many reasons. The first is that Wish Lanterns have been around for many years. They were traditionally used in Asian festivals and celebrations, hence where the names Chinese and Thai Lanterns come from.

Because they originated in Asia, the products were named after the countries they came from. Then as westerners found out about the glorious lanterns and started making and selling them themselves, they changed the name so it would fit more with the western culture. Which is where the name Sky Lanterns came from.

Primarily Americans refer to the lanterns as Sky Lanterns and British people use the term Wish Lanterns. They are all the exact same product just with different names. So when you hear someone talking about the lanterns¬†with a name you’ve never heard of before, it’s just someone else’s way of describing them. is the USA’s leading supplier of Wish Lanterns. If you would like to purchase any please call us on 1800 234 0781 or email

Rob Laughton

Rob Laughton

Rob Laughton is one of the founders of Birando in the UK and USA - the original manufacturers of the Wish Lantern. He is passionate about the quality and style of his product range. The best designed products backed by quality production.

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