Light comes from many sources: the sun, fluorescent bulbs, and the eyes of a child who has just swallowed a sparkler. Get enlightened with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a 10-pack of white Chinese sky lanterns from Big Fireworks (a $50 value).
Big Fireworks’ myriad sky lanterns are handmade and imported from China, where traditional lanterns have lifted off for centuries and are considered good luck. Packs of 10 pristine white lanterns, each about the size of a large beach ball or a 1/100,000-scale model of Jupiter, float peacefully into the sky, propelled by hot air wafting from a small wax candle within. After about 15 minutes of flight, flames self-extinguish, and the fire-resistant lantern body gently falls and begins to completely biodegrade. Launching Chinese sky lanterns can lend extra pomp and symbolism to events such as memorial services, weddings, and driver’s ed class reunions.
Releasing a sky lantern into the night can signify many things—a wish, an honorary gesture, or, in the case of the "Proceed 2 Party" sky lantern, a fun night ahead. SkyLantern.com carries lanterns for almost any occasion, from festive birthdays to Christmas. Some are emblazoned with graphics, including the American flag or a grinning Halloween pumpkin. Some, such as the Shooting Star lanterns, have no pictures, but leave twinkling sparks in their wake, much like the best train conductors. The site also sells decorative LED lanterns, as well as campfire color-changers that turn the flames green and blue.