New Year Lanterns Lighting the Sky

by Naomi on January 1, 2012

in Daily Life

Sky Lanterns being lit at New Year celebrations

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your wishes find wings and your heart’s desires be fulfilled in 2012.

Our dreams took flight last night, in the embrace of beautiful sky lanterns that breathed enchantment towards the stars. Mine couldn’t seem to wait to take off and floated first with a prayer for our beloved Jina, who disappeared inexplicably again almost three weeks ago. Hope burns silently for her safe return.

sky lanterns taking flight

Sky Lanterns taking off on New Year

Here’s more of Dave’s photography from our garden:

Sky lanterns sailing upwards

Sky Lanterns sailing away

sky lanterns leaving outstretched hands

Sky Lanterns leaving hands

New Year sky lantern celebrations

New Year's Eve Sky Lantern Celebrations

Release of a sky lantern

Sky Lantern about to fly

flight of a sky lantern

Sky Lantern in flight

Celebration at New Year

New Year Celebrations - Johannesburg, South Africa

Warmest thanks to our wonderful friends who shared this New Year celebration with us – and also to the Faces of Hope Foundation, on whose behalf Dave bought these sky lanterns in July (at a travel lunch auction described in my post Beware: Balloons Can Be Addictive).

If ever there was proof of the fact that giving is receiving, this is it. What a treasure we were granted through his spontaneous gift. Thank you, my love, for everything!

For more photo’s, here’s a link to my Facebook album: New Year Sky Lanterns – and to order lanterns (for delivery in South Africa) visit (“Don’t light a rocket, Light a Lantern”).

Finally, thanks to for this special inspiration and life philosophy:

I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.

All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination.

All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have — these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.

Here’s to the most magical year imaginable, for us all!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

sideview January 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

that was a lovely way to greet the new year


Naomi January 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Agreed, Sidey, thank you 🙂


Kate Shrewsday January 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Beautiful post, Naomi. I do hope Jina appears soon. I shall cross everything.

Have a happy new year, you and yours 🙂


Naomi January 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Thank you, Kate, I appreciate it…and warmest wishes to all of you too!


Lance January 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Happy New Year, Naomi!!

And what a very cool thing – the paper lanterns, and the gift of this light you shared (with these lanterns, and always…)

Hoping for a safe return for Jina…


Naomi January 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thanks so much, Lance – for your wonderful comment and such kind thoughts, as always 🙂 I really appreciate your fabulous friendship, support and inspiration…and Happy New Year to you and yours too!


nrhatch January 3, 2012 at 12:43 am

Beautiful sight . . .

They are planning to ban or regulate Sky Lanterns here because “what goes up, must come down.” They’ve had issues with the wire caging littering the runways at airports . . . and there are concerns about sea turtles getting tangled up in the wire.

I hope that Jina reappears. Soon.


nrhatch January 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

And . . . Happy NOW Year! 😀


Naomi January 3, 2012 at 7:35 am

THANKS, and to you! 😀


Naomi January 3, 2012 at 7:35 am

Thank you, Nancy…and OMG, that didn’t cross my mind about the wire. I just took in the non-flammable, bio-degradable part about the paper. Not good.


Tammy January 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

This is a beautiful post. What a great way to welcome in the new year. I would like to see how and when the lanterns come down though. Love the quote that you finished with.


Naomi January 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Thank you, Tammy 🙂 I spoke with Kerrin today, from Faces of Hope, who we got the lanterns from, and she says that these particular ones are biodegradable and don’t have any wire in them, which makes sense because they had no form at all until filled with hot air (and I must say, I didn’t notice anything like wire) – so hopefully they’re kind enough to the environment.


Cindy January 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Those lanterns are fab, I love setting them free. Happy new year, Naomi. xxx


Naomi January 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Thanks so much Cindy, and all the best to you and yours! xo


Tokeloshe January 5, 2012 at 12:46 am

What a blast! Beautiful!
I’m sure there were some UFO sightings reported ; -)
I hope Jina has returned by this time ;-(


Naomi January 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Thanks, Tok, it was stunning!

So sorry to say that there’s been no sign of Jina 🙁


paul January 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

Wow, those hot air balloons are beautiful…Much more beautiful than the one Lady Gaga stuck her head in on New York national TV…
Bless You


Naomi January 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

LOL! Thanks for that, Paul. I’ll have to check out Lady Gaga’s stunt 😀 Blessings to you and yours for a special 2012!


[email protected] January 8, 2012 at 7:28 am

Gorgeous, Naomi.

With full respect for your newer blog objectives, I still wanted to say a thank you to you with an award. You’ll see what I’m talking about on my blog.


Naomi January 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Oh Amy, what a darling you are…THANK YOU from the heart for such a beautiful tribute, which I shall most definitely treasure and pay forward 🙂 Also, CONGRATS on your deeply deserved blogging awards and on your second anniversary – you’re a true gift to the blogosphere! Warmest wishes and a great big New Year hug and kiss from Dave and I…XOXO


kathy lloyd January 8, 2012 at 9:27 am

Good Morning.
The lanterns are a lovely idea….no frightened animals(though my silly dog used to freak out at kites!)


Naomi January 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thanks so much for your comment, Granny, and for stopping by my blog – much appreciated! A quick look at yours reveals plenty of wit and many beautiful photo’s of one of my favourite things: a Cape Town beach 🙂 I shall be over lots more to soak it all up!


ceciliag January 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

these lanterns are absolutely brilliant, so colourful and brilliant.. a wonderful idea.. c


Naomi January 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Thank you so much for your comment and for visiting my blog, Cecilia…and what an absolute delight to discover yours! I love your writing and photography, so will be over to enjoy it often 😀


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