Ash Wednesday is an important holiday in the Christian’s Calendar and many chose to commemorate the event by releasing flying lanterns.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of lent, the liturgical year. This usually marks the beginning of the forty days of fasting and praying. This holiday is at different time each year and occurs 46 days before Easter. This year it was on the 9 March. People usually go to church and start preparing for their fast and repentance, because for the next 40 days they will pray and try to achieve spiritual discipline, in the hopes they would keep that up during the whole year. A priest might lightly rub some ashes in the form of a cross on the forehead of the parishioners.
However, since not every Christian is following tightly the traditions, some other forms of marking the beginning of the fest are taking place. Some people gather the family around the table and say a prayer or talk about the meaning of the fest, and others choose to release a lantern in the sky sending their prayers up above and hoping they will manage to be moderate and spiritual disciplined in the future. This really is a beautiful and very symbolic way of commemorating the Ash Wednesday and what it represents.
You can too light a flying lantern and release it in the sky, thus sending all your good vibrations and prayers. Start your own family tradition.