Almost every day at 4pm, there will be a special lantern release ceremony at the Expo from the roof of the Theatre on Hope 3.
This ceremony goes back to 2012, when Alchemy Immortalis created the Blue Willow lanterns especially for the Home and Garden Expo. It became the custom to release them each day at 4pm, and people would gather to watch and reflect as the lanterns rose slowly into the air.
Sometimes people speak, but often the event takes place in comparative silence – a break from the busyness (and the business) of the Expo – a time to reflect, remember and mourn.
We invite you to join us each day at 4pm SLT for this ceremony which begins in darkness and ends as dawn breaks.
Please note – there will be no lantern release on Sunday March 7th, as there will be an airshow in progress. It would be too dangerous to release fire lanterns at the same time.
And on the final evening, people are invited to ride the lanterns, if they wish.