On 5th December 2009, the Wish lanterns broke a spectacular new world record in Jakarta, Indonesia. The record was set in Ancol Carnaval Beach at a Freedom Faithnet Global event as part of a community celebration. Over 4,000 people of all ages took part, from different ethnic groups and different countries, including Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. The participants divided into teams of two, lit the candles and set them free. The sky filled with 10,318 of the twinkling paper balloons.
Freedom Faithnet Global had organized the event, which had an environmental focus, as a symbol of hope and prayer. Before releasing the lanterns the participants had written their dreams and wishes on them. As the lanterns flew aloft the crowds laughed, cheered and hugged one another, celebrating the fact that they were donating their dreams to the infinite sky. In 2011, though, Poland challenged the record. To mark the first day of summer and the longest day of the year on June 21, residents of the Poznan area launched 11,000 lanterns, although it remains to be seen if the Guinness Book of Records will ratify the number. In any case, Poland aims to break the record officially in 2012.
Why not give the guests are your next party or special event a Wish lantern each so they, too, can celebrate the occasion and offer their wishes and dreams to the heavens – if not, perhaps, The Guinness Book of Records?Google+