Who doesn’t dream about lanterns when they are young? For some reason, most of us associate lanterns with the far East. Now living in America, I came to the realization, that the East is not the only place where this amazing thing can happen. Searching the internet a few weeks ago, I came to the Lantern Fest. After doing a little research, I reached out to their team. As a photographer, I like to share great moments with other people, so I teamed up with Lantern Fest to bring festivals to new perspectives. The closest location and date to me was Philadelphia. I got a feeling that this event could be a perfect place to make friendships stronger, so I invited four fellow photographers to join me and go to the festival together. After spending the day in Philly, all of us were tired but excited like no other. From there we started to drive out to the festival location. From the moment we got out of the car, you could feel the change. Excitement, happiness. We found a spot, put our blankets down and started to explore. They had great music, great programs, even for kids. After sunset, everyone got their smores kits out, started little fires (with the help of their amazing staff). Here came the other realization, how nice people can be who you never met. We got invited by two other groups to join them and make smores. We never met them, didn’t know who they were, but at that moment, it felt like family. Not long after the sky lit with thousands of lanterns. Not only it was beautiful but emotional. With tears in my eyes, camera in one hand, phone in the other, I was running around trying to capture as much as I could from this unusual sight. At that moment, it just made me feel so grateful for my life, for everything that I have, and the amazing crew I came with and got to share this experience. Lantern Fest made sure that every moment was special, so they closed the festival with fire dancers. What a show it was!
In the car on our way home, we couldn’t help but talk about attending the next festival.
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