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Chinese Lanterns

At least, I think that's what they're called.
The paper ones you can light inside and they float off into the sky.

I've seen them used here on certain occasions, and at my wedding, we had one for each guest. But the Swiss members of the party, specially the older ones, tutted and shook their heads, saying 'It's not done'. I asked if it was illegal, and got no clear response.

A neighbour (Canadian) is getting married and I'd love to give a similar gift. But I don't want to get her in trouble. Can anyone advise me on whether the lantern thing is a no-no, or was it just a couple of old farts fussing?
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Old 23.06.2011, 13:05
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At least, I think that's what they're called.
The paper ones you can light inside and they float off into the sky.

I've seen them used here on certain occasions, and at my wedding, we had one for each guest. But the Swiss members of the party, specially the older ones, tutted and shook their heads, saying 'It's not done'. I asked if it was illegal, and got no clear response.

A neighbour (Canadian) is getting married and I'd love to give a similar gift. But I don't want to get her in trouble. Can anyone advise me on whether the lantern thing is a no-no, or was it just a couple of old farts fussing?
Are you referring to sky lanterns?
http://www.skylanterns.com/

Very popular in the UK but I havent seen them released here - only balloons. I dont see much of a difference as balloons burst and litter the grounds, but most of the sky lanterns are bio-degradable now.

Why not ask your gemeinde? Sorry, not much help am I?
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Re: Chinese Lanterns

They have been in the news in the UK because of the metal parts injuring animals (by ingesting them).. it was big news a while back. Especially there were also people releasing them near the coast and people throught they were distress flare and called coastguard out.

Best check with gemeinde as summerrain suggest.
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Old 23.06.2011, 13:19
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Are you referring to sky lanterns?
http://www.skylanterns.com/

Very popular in the UK but I havent seen them released here - only balloons. I dont see much of a difference as balloons burst and litter the grounds, but most of the sky lanterns are bio-degradable now.

Why not ask your gemeinde? Sorry, not much help am I?
Yes, that's the one.
And yes, you are helpful - the Gemeinde is a very good place to start.
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Old 23.06.2011, 13:19
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Re: Chinese Lanterns

With all the wooden chalets - and wood in general used in house building - the last thing you want is fire raining down from the sky, if the weather conditions change.

Someone in our village lost the roof of their house, because they didn't dispose of the ashes from their stove sensibly, when the wind picked up.
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Old 23.06.2011, 13:34
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Re: Chinese Lanterns

On 1st August there will be many paper lanterns in Swiss national colours, red with a white cross.

Did you give this type away at the wedding, maybe that is why they tutted?

http://www.souvenirsdesuisse.com/contents/en-us/d3.html

I am sure you should not light one and send it up into the sky! There will be a lot more tuttings!
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Old 23.06.2011, 13:38
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Re: Chinese Lanterns

Following a German New Year tradition, my in-laws released 2 sky lanterns on the 1st of January (we did it on a safe area without trees or houses that could fire up). We had immediately a bunch of neighbours coming to the balconies and screaming at us "IT IS FORBBIDEN!"

We checked with the Gemeinde, and yes, it is forbidden at least in our area (we didn't have to pay a fine for it though. Just promise not to do it again)
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Old 23.06.2011, 13:42
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Re: Chinese Lanterns

OK, so the Gemeinde don't have a problem with them.
But reading your responses, the dangers seem to outweigh the delights.
We don't have all that many wooden houses here, but we have a whole lot of wildlife.
I'll get her a toaster instead.
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Following a German New Year tradition, my in-laws released 2 sky lanterns on the 1st of January (we did it on a safe area without trees or houses that could fire up). We had immediately a bunch of neighbours coming to the balconies and screaming at us "IT IS FORBBIDEN!"

We checked with the Gemeinde, and yes, it is forbidden at least in our area (we didn't have to pay a fine for it though. Just promise not to do it again)
And yet burning candles on a Christmas tree aren't given a second thought...
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I am terrified of those ones Last Christmas I went to visit a colleague and spent the whole evening watching the tree for fear of being trapped inside the room with a burning tree What a great X-Mas dinner that was
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Re: Chinese Lanterns

Maybe a compromise - the lanterns with a candle in that you hold on a stick

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I'm going to make an intelligent guess (i.e. no research), but would imagine that the majority of commercially available Christmas trees could be sprayed with a fire retardant. The candles that are linked with a string fuse that light in sequence - with the fuse burning with high intensity - never seem to cause the tree to even mildly smoulder.
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Re: Chinese Lanterns

Be careful not to stand underneath them if you do ever send them up in the air:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-n...wales-11718337
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Maybe a compromise - the lanterns with a candle in that you hold on a stick.
Yeah, you could build a trebuchet to fling them into the air...
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Re: Chinese Lanterns

One of the problems is that when they come down animals try to eat them with very bad results.
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I'm going to make an intelligent guess (i.e. no research), but would imagine that the majority of commercially available Christmas trees could be sprayed with a fire retardant. The candles that are linked with a string fuse that light in sequence - with the fuse burning with high intensity - never seem to cause the tree to even mildly smoulder.
The ones I have seen are normally lit on a fresh tree (not had chance to dry out into kindling) and each candle is simply lit by a couple of people with either a long match, one of those gas firelighters or a taper.

I've never been keen on them, preferring the bulb versions instead.
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Re: Chinese Lanterns

You can buy biodegradeable ones. My sister used them at her wedding. They are designed such that they burn out before landing (unless of course, you're very unlucky or something weird happens) and they don't have any metal/plastic parts that animals can ingest or be injured by. She bought them online from an American company so I'm not sure if they're for sale here (or allowed).

Anyway, these ones are as safe as this type of thing can be and totally fine for animals and the environment.

I'll ask for the details of where she got them if you like?
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You can buy biodegradeable ones. My sister used them at her wedding. They are designed such that they burn out before landing (unless of course, you're very unlucky or something weird happens) and they don't have any metal/plastic parts that animals can ingest or be injured by. She bought them online from an American company so I'm not sure if they're for sale here (or allowed).

Anyway, these ones are as safe as this type of thing can be and totally fine for animals and the environment.

I'll ask for the details of where she got them if you like?
Like these? Heart shaped and everything...
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Ha Ha! No they were regular lantern shape, but heart ones are very wedding-appropriate
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My friend's gift included white ones for the guests and red hearts for the bride and groom. Biodegradeable sounds ideal.
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