Mary and I celebrated the New Year last night by watching for the first time Chinese Sky Lanterns, floating fireballs that travel with the wind. We shouted with awe as much as Venus did when she saw turtles for the first time last summer. Venus thought the lanterns were interesting but not as shockingly beautiful as turtles. She reserves her bark for special occasions and the lanterns failed to reach her threshold. Launching a sky lantern is probably illegal in most (all?) of the USA because it’s a potential fire hazard.
A Canadian group brought about 20 lanterns to their beach condos and a light wind blew them over Banderas Bay. The lanterns launch symbolizes the release of worries and problems. The Canadians accidentally burned about 5 lanterns because it’s necessary to hold the lantern for about 5 minutes before the air becomes light enough to lift the balloon. When the lantern is tilted the wrong way, the flames from the fuel pad ignite the paper sail.
Once the lantern is ready, it flies for about 10 minutes and rises several hundred feet above the bay. The Canadians flew as many as 3 simultaneously while Asians fly hundreds in their celebrations.
The midnight fireworks were far less extensive in the small town of Bucerías than in the big city of La Paz, Baja California Sur, where we passed several winters a few years ago. Venus was grateful that we chose Bucerías over La Paz. The revelers ferociously attack every downtown house for several hours in La Paz; fireworks ought to be illegal downtown. La Paz has plenty of beaches more suitable for fireworks than a densely populated residential area. La Paz is a Mexican city while Bucerías is Little Canada.