It’s that time of year again, the time where festival loving, wanderlust dreamers head to the Mojave Desert to light beautifully crafted and carefully decorated Chinese lanterns together for a night of unforgettable memories.
Rise Lantern Festival was one I will always cherish. I didn’t know what to expect when I attended the event, but I knew it was going to be something to remember. I cannot justify with words the way I felt when I was able to get my lantern to float away and to see it disappear into the sky along with the hundreds of other lanterns that had been let go at the same time. Maybe it was the fact that it had been difficult to light up in the beginning that made it feel so satisfying once we were able to get our lantern in the air or maybe it was the mere beauty that simple paper lanterns and some fire could make. I was awe-struck at the first sight of the lanterns.
If you have decided to go this year for the first time or are thinking of going again read my previous blog post on the tips and tricks I learned from my experience last year.
I also have one extra tip for you lantern festival-goers…set out an intention before you decorate your lantern. Make this more about pretty lights and lanterns and have a purpose for each lantern you let drift into the night sky. Last year I dedicated my lantern to my recently deceased grandpa, the man who inspired me to be a journalist and the man who shared the same love for bread as I did. Maybe that’s why this festival means so much to me. I never got to say good bye or go to his funeral so I guess this was my way of telling him thank you for everything he had done for me.
Amongst all the floating, flickering lights you’ll see other people dedicate their lanterns to their loved ones or celebrate their artistry they carefully and soulfully poured out onto the lantern. What are you going to dedicate your lantern to? A future goal? A loved one? Maybe celebrate yourself! It can be whatever you want it to be as long as it means something to you.
A few updates on the festival that you may or may not know:
- Carpool with friends – This is the cheapest way to get there. Just share one parking pass which costs $25
- Will Call- If you haven’t gotten your tickets in the mail, they’re probably at will call. Rise does not email tickets anymore. Don’t worry, picking it up is easy and simple. Go to risefestival.com for more information.
- Arrive early, leave early or arrive late and leave right one time. There is only one lane going to and from the site. Either arrive early to beat traffic and leave early to beat the excruciating wait to get out of the parking lot or arrive late so your parking spot is near the entrance and you’re able to leave stress free.
For those of you who are going I wish you a wonderful, magical experience at the Rise Lantern Festival! Comment below or tag me on your Instagram posts (@withlovecamille) so I can see your moments at Rise.
As Always…With Love,