Blog Sky Lanterns

by Rob Selen

How to launch our chinese flying paper lanterns?
Sky lanterns are not that different from hot air balloons, it is the heated air that makes this chinese lantern fly.

Launching or sky lanterns is not difficult, all it takes is enough hot air inside the balloon. It is obvious that heating the air as shown on the left will not work out, these lanterns are grounded forever! However, the guy on the right either knows his natural sciences or simply did read the attached manual: this is how you do it! One person holds the lantern from the top while the other lights the fuel from below.

Hint: the more of the four angles you will light the sooner the lantern will fly, normally it takes about 90 seconds.

Making our lanterns fly is not that difficult at all!


by Rob Selen

Since 2011 our candle bags and sky lanterns have lit the squares in Italy during Earth Hour, 2019 the will light the streets of Matera, the cultural European capital 2019.

We are the Technical Partner of WWF Italy.

History of Sky Lanterns

by Rob Selen
Sky lanterns have their origin in 3rdcentury China, is it said that they have been invented by Zhuge Liang, a Chinese politician, engineer, writer, military strategist and inventor. His courtesy name was Kongming, which explains the name of the sky lantern: Kongming Lantern.

Kongming found himself trapped during the battle of Pingyang against Sima Yi in the spring of the year 231 and used the sky lanterns for signaling during the battle and to send messages to his allies to ask them for help.

Another explanation for the name Kongming is the fact that the sky lantern resembles the hat worn by Zhuge Liang: that is why it was named after him. Another name for the lanterns is Khoom Fay.

After their use in wartime they were adopted by the local people and launched during festivities together with traditional fireworks. The idea was that the lanterns carried away troubles and brought good luck and prosperity, the higher the lantern would fly the better it was.

In a later stage lanterns were used by monks, the flame guided them to knowledge. Nowadays Chinese still use sky lanterns during the Chinese New Year for good luck. Khoom Fay Lanterns, the fairies of the Sky.

Our sky lanterns fly also by themselves!

by Rob Selen

We always try to explain how easy it is to let our lanterns fly, making them fly might be easy, convincing customers that they are really that easy is not that easy at all. Our Italian customer Carlo managed in a very simple way to convince all of us, he made the lantern fly by itself without even holding it! A better proof than that you can't find. Thanks Carlo, you are our hero!

This will work only with our sky lanterns: due to the special design combined with high the quality and fire resistant materials and strong fuel cell they can even fly by themselves.

Patronal Saints day with sky lanterns

by Rob Selen

For the second year we have used your Sky Lanterns for the patronal saints day event. Your lanterns for the second year in row have caused joy for both children as well as adults.

thank you and till next year.


June 15 2019: Launch 1000 Sky Lanterns

by Rob Selen

This 15th of June it will be the fourth time that 1000 of our sky lanterns will be launched in the stoical town center of Vasanello Italy. A better proof of our quality can't be given.

Our Sky Lanterns have CE certification, are fire resistant, biodegradable and have a mounted fuel cell: open, light and they fly.

This implies that:

  • They are safe and safety is the most important feature. Not all lanterns you find for sale on the web or in shops are the same, there's a lot of dangerous lanterns for sale with not mounted fuel cells, not fire resistant paper, dripping fuel cells and even contain asbestos.
  • They are easy to use, within 90 seconds they will fly.

Martin Luther King

by Rob Selen

The assasination of Martin Luther King, now 50 years ago

On 4 april 4th 1968, shortly after 6 in the afternoon, il reverend Martin Luther King, one of the most influencial and important politicians of the 1900, is gunned down on a Hotel balcony Memphis Tennessee.

We have dedicated a sky lantern to him with his famous text 'I have a dream'!

Sky lanterns with your text, logo, foto or wish stamped on the flying lantern

Fire department launches sky lanterns

by Rob Selen

We, Mille Belle Cose SRL, want tu say thank you to the fire department from Rieti Italy, they have chosen to use our 70 sky lanterns based on quality and security.

All together for the global day of Autism, united together in order to make them fly to the high skies. These little blu symbols of hope for all the families that have to confront on a day to day basis this illness.

Even though wheater conditions were not great, all 70 sky lanterns took off one by one. Small gesture for an important project: the global day of autism. a Rieti

Midnight Sun e Lanterne Volanti

by Rob Selen

What do the film 'Midnight Sun' and Lanterne Volanti in common? Seems nothing. In 2010 we were asked to participate in a documentary about the same disease: The Dark Side of the Sun.

The film "The Dark Side of the Sun" was presented at the Rome Film Festival on 11/4/2011. The movie is coproduced by Rai Cinema – Doc3, DR2 (Danish National Television), NHK (Japanese national television), YLE (Finnish National Television) and is distributed by Films Transit, the company that received the award as "distributor of the year" at the festival Hot Docs Canadian documentary.

The film describes the universe of a rare disease, Xeroderma Pigmentosum, which forces few kids in the world to live away from sunlight, in complete isolation. However, this does not happen at Camp Sundown where the sick children of XP can meet and play together at night, hoping for a normal life.

Lanterne Volanti (NL) and Mille Belle Cose SRL has worked on this project as Artistic Consultants and associate producers: our sky lanterns have lit up these kids spirit, and have contributed to their special summer. Watching the night sky covered with floating lights allows adds a magic dimension. Our creativity through a wide range of articles to contribute to this important and at the same time emotional project.

The director of the film, Carlo Hinterman, surprised us with his invitation to the red carpet in Rome where the documentari was presented for the first time. And so, on 4 novembre 2011 we were walking on the Roman red carpet together with all the other participants of this project, little after Richard Gere. It was not us the VIPS but the kids and their families!

Have a look at the Facebook page as well.

La Giornata mondiale della consapevolezza dell’autismo

by Rob Selen

Molti gli appuntamenti per la sensibilizzazione e la migliore conoscenza nei riguardi dell'autismo previsti per il 2 aprile in occasione della Giornata Mondiale dell’autismo! Vengono organizzati in tutto il mondo eventi, letture, incontri, convegni e mostre per sensibilizzare istituzioni e opinione pubblica sull’autismo. L’obiettivo della giornata è quello di far luce su questa disabilità, promuovendo la ricerca e il miglioramento dei servizi e contrastando la discriminazione e l’isolamento di cui ancora sono vittime le persone autistiche e i loro familiari.

il colore dominante della giornata è il blu, si rinnova infatti la campagna mondiale “Light it up blue”, ideata dall’organizzazione Autism Speaks, che prevede di illuminare di blu i principali edifici delle città di tutto il mondo, come testimonianza della sensibilità nei confronti delle problematiche legate ai disturbi autistici. Anche le nostre lanterne volanti blu vengono usati nelle manifestazioni.

Anche il Ministero Dell'Interno è con noi: con le nostre lanterne volanti luminose per la giornata dell'autismo.

Lanterne Volanti Luminosi Cinesi per la giornata mondiale consapevolezza sull'autismo Rieti


by Rob Selen

Since 2011 our candle bags and sky lanterns have lit the squares in Italy during Earth Hour.

We are the Technical Partner of WWF Italy.