Stop, admire the photograph in front of you. Look up, and see sky lanterns dancing in the skies, both far and near. A different array of colors, red, yellow, blue, or even multi-colored, Shifen’s skies are never bare. Years ago, sky lanterns were released by courageous villagers who stayed behind, when their village was ransacked. They released these lanterns to convey a message that it was safe to come home.
Today, sky lanterns are released in order for wishes to come true. But what happens after we wish? Try to enjoy the cool climate and foggy skies of Shifen. Soon enough, you’ll see lanterns not only flying up, but some that also fall from the air. Its candle telling us that it’s already time to let gravity take over. Soon enough, you’ll see an Auntie, gathering the remains of the sky lanterns and disposing it properly.
What then happens to the wishes? Is that it? Tourists, when in Taiwan, come to Shifen to light up their wishes. Do their wishes die with those sky lanterns that the Auntie picks up using her rod? While looking at sky lanterns, I have come to believe that these signify our dreams, but we should never use this as an excuse to sit back and watch dreams turn to reality.
The lantern I held and set free with my hands isn’t a miracle. It’s that starting point I need to fuel up the lantern deep in my heart, allowing it to float up and make those wishes a part of my tomorrow.
Words and Photos by Caryllane Ang
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Caryllane Ang, 17 years old and an incoming first year university student. A student journalist, but likes to think that her writing improves as experience shakes her up even more.
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I have never been to Taiwan but it is very high on my bucket list. For today’s blog post, I ask my childhood friend, Caryllane Ang, to share her experience in Taiwan so that you guys would have an idea if you are planning a trip to Taiwan soon.
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