Under the category of LOVE THIS: The City of Highwood is kicking off its year-long celebration in honor of its’ 125th anniversary with the first annual Sky Lantern Festival on March 3, 2012. The Festival will culminate into a spectacular display of airborne lanterns where citizens and representatives alike of the City of Highwood will light and launch the papered candle lanterns into the night sky.
A popular marker for the beginning of festivals in places like China, Thailand and Taiwan, it is only appropriate for the City of Highwood to embrace the practice of launching sky lanterns to mark the beginning of its Celebrate Highwood 2012 festivals! Moreover, with strong military origins emphasized in Highwood, the sky lanterns are sure to be a beautiful and unique way to pay tribute to the anniversary of Fort Sheridan. Additionally, the city encourages the community purchasing lanterns to write personal memories of, and well wishes for, the great City of Highwood.
Popularized by the blockbuster films The Hangover 2 and Tangled, the Sky Lantern Festival is unlike anything the City of Highwood has ever done. It is considered good luck to release a sky lantern in Asian culture, and many Thais believe they are symbolic of problems and worries floating away. What better way to launch the New Year and 125 years of success as a city than to bring the people of Highwood together to send their stresses and worries of 2011 into the air with an eye on the happy celebrations ahead?