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On the shortest night of the year, Poles created this mesmerizing – and “boomless” – alternative to our annual fireworks mania.  It was Poland’s attempt to beat the Guinness record for most paper lanterns launched at one time … and according to CNN, it appears they succeeded!

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June 21, 2011 – the summer solstice – was when over 11,000 paper lanterns were launched from both banks of the Warta River in Poznan, Poland.  I happened to find a post about this today, and was totally captivated by its slow-motion beauty.

I found three stunningly gorgeous videos (to fully appreciate their beauty, please be sure to view them in Full-Screen mode) of the event.

The first provides a better perspective of exactly what's going on:

This one is from the periphery:

And just in case you can't get enough:


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