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A Bunch of Hot Air

One of the things I love about my friend Philippa, in addition to her taste in post-op fashion, is the way she embraces unique opportunities to celebrate.

She smashes guitars as an homage to art, she burns bras for her birthday, and today, she decided we should send paper lanterns into the sky for good luck.

I know what you’re thinking: “Are you sure sending paper airborne brings good luck? Because the last time I threw paper in the air was in fourth grade, and all it got me was detention.”  But Philippa assures me this is different.

This particular flying paper is part of a Thai festival of lights called “Yi Peng” and/or “Loy Krathong.”  (The two festivals happen close together in time, sometimes simultaneously, and both involve lanterns and good luck, but the interwebsnets doesn’t do a great job of explaining the difference between the two so I will showcase my cultural moron-hood by using them interchangeable-ishly.)

YP and/or LK features a ritual in which participants launch fire-lit lanterns into the sky to symbolically rid themselves of their troubles. 

I figure I’m gonna load up one of these suckers with my love life and see what happens. I’m picturing a paper Hindenburg.



  1. This sounds like so much fun!

    • It was such a blast, Angela! I used to be the kind of person who would find this hokey, but I’ve come around to embracing pretty much anything that offers a chance of lightening the proverbial load. Or an excuse to travel: my friends have decided we must go to Thailand for it next year. I’ve gone further for less! (No i haven’t, but it sounds good.)

  2. Nice to know about the Thai festival of light


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