05 Nov Make the Most of Rise Lantern Festival
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WHAT IS RISE?
If you’ve never heard of the Rise Lantern Festival, well, you’re missing out my friend. It’s held every year at the Mojave Desert in Nevada. I was fortunate enough to experience the extravaganza this year (their second year hosting) and I am not exaggerating when I say it is the most spectacular night I’ve ever experienced. Lanterns fill the entire sky; it was so beautiful I could not stop bawling.
Rise is about coming together and letting go of the past, sparking dreams, elevating hopes, or sending messages to loved ones who have passed on.
Each lantern is unique and represents your own spiritual journey as you send them into the sky. There is also live music and food trucks throughout the night. Aside from it being a complete fire hazard (my purse caught on fire for a few seconds, eek), it’s definitely an unforgettable night; worth every penny.
When you arrive at the festival, you will find booths handing out mats and lanterns in your section. You are each given a mat, two lanterns, and two markers. As far as I know, you are not allowed to bring your own lantern (or any blankets). Once you’ve gotten everything, claim a torch in your section (look on your ticket). It’s pretty much an all day event.
It starts out with live music while people are arriving and getting settled in their section. Use this time to relax, mingle, write/decorate your lantern however you wish. The first release of the lanterns will be in unison after sunset. You can release your second lantern with your friends & family anytime within the remainder of the night.
HOW TO PROPERLY LIGHT YOUR LANTERN
Lighting a lantern requires 2-3 people. After sunset, lighters will be passed around so that you can light up your torch.
1. Light your torch
2. Hold your lantern above the torch and light the block at the bottom (ask your friends for help)
3. Keep the lantern steady above the torch for about two minutes
4. When you start feeling resistance from your lantern, let go and send it skyward!
5. Wave goodbye and take pictures, ta da!
EXTRA TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR EXPERIENCE
1. Purchase tickets in advance
The earlier, the cheaper. These tickets sell out quickly so don’t hesitate!
2. Eat before you go
You aren’t allowed to bring any outside food or drinks (besides water). There will be food trucks and craft beer available for purchase, but be prepared to wait in line. I ate at the Aria Buffet right before (fatty); it held me down the rest of the night.
3. Wear comfortable clothes
Make sure to wear proper shoes. You do not want to wear your good shoes because you’ll be trekking through dirt from the parking lot to the venue (about half a mile). My boots were completely covered in dirt, luckily they were old. It’s probably a good idea to just dress for comfort because:
1. It’s an all day event
2. There’s a small possibility of your clothes catching on fire, so don’t wear your favorite top.
4. Bring water
You don’t wanna have to purchase it.
5. Be there early
You can arrive whenever you want, but there are a few things to consider. If you come as soon as the doors open, it might be kind of hot. If you come a couple hours before sunset, there will be major traffic. We were a mile away from the freeway exit and couldn’t get out until an hour. Then there was more traffic heading into the parking lot.
6. Get ready to duck
Lanterns are going to be flying all over the place. Some will fail to launch and will head right in your direction. It’s easy to get hit by one of these bad boys, it can get really dangerous. Just be on the lookout and make sure to have other people’s back when you see a lantern headed their way.
7. Wait out the outgoing traffic
If you stay the entire night (I recommend you do, there will be fireworks!), wait out the traffic —unless you wanna sit in it for a few hours.
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Locations: Mojave Desert, NV and Phoenix, AZ
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