(ITN) Taiwan is celebrating its annual lantern festival to mark the end of Chinese New Year festivities.
The lanterns were first used as a tool to help protect the safety of townspeople, but gradually evolved to become a way to send prayers to heaven.
Ling Yao-ting, a magistrate in Pingshi, said: “A long time ago there were bandits in Pingshi. People hid in the mountains to protect themselves until the bandits left, and they released lanterns as signal to say that people could return home.”
“Today the floating lanterns carry prayers for people who wish to get married, wish for success in their career, or happiness for the family. They deliver these prayers through the lanterns.”