You’ll remember that a mere few weeks ago, we reported on the ban of the sale of wish lanterns, among other products, in Vietnam. On September 22nd, however, the capital city will play host to the largest ever paper lantern festival- maybe something of a consolation to the residents of the country. In the streets, a parade featuring around 1000 lanterns will be marching, including an 1000 metre-long dragon (extraordinary, we’re sure you’ll agree…), and a lion-unicorn dance troupe to entertain the gathered crowds.
The celebrations in the city centre will come to a head with lanterns in the shape of lotuses being released across Hoan Kiem Lake. Not only this, but for younger members of the public, a festival of primary school children performing traditional songs and dances will round off the whole day, in the idyllic setting of Ly Thai To flower garden.
If you’re planning on visiting Hanoi around the end of September and will be there at the time of the festival, do let us know. Or, if like the majority of us you’ll be sticking the autumn out here in the UK, why not hold your own wish lanterns festival? We can provide both plain white and lanterns in a variety of colours to suit everyone’s tastes, and to make your own celebration feel particularly special.