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Lantern Fest Is One Of The Most Important Traditions That My Boyfriend And I Have As A Couple

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There are not many things in life that make me speechless but Lantern Fest one of them. My boyfriend Andrew and I made it a tradition to go to the June Lantern Fest every year as a celebration of our anniversary. We won't have many traditions together, but this is by far my favorite.

Lantern Fest is an outdoor festival where everyone sits in a huge open field huddled around fire pits, eat s'mores, play games, listen to live music, eat some decent food truck food, and light off lanterns. Hundreds of thousands of people go to each fest across the country to join together and experience the magic.

Sometimes Andrew and I, like most couples, get caught up in life and forget to take some time for ourselves and just relax. So Lantern Fest is our time to reconnect and reflect on our past year together. It's easy for me to get caught up anxiously awaiting our next big plans or trips, and although I really do anxiously await Lantern Fest basically for an entire year, Lantern Fest is one of those things that you can easily get caught in the moment during. It takes your breath away and you can't help but be in awe of watching your lantern float away in the sea of everyone's lanterns. A lot of people go to Lantern Fest to honor those who have passed, some go for the pictures, and others go just for the experience. Andrew and I are a mix of the last two. We go to Lantern Fest every year because it became our own little tradition and something that is really held near and dear to our hearts.


Andrew and Emily, Lantern Fest 2017Emily Skane

Lantern Fest has become a really important highlight of our relationship. It's hard to look back at our relationship thus far and not think of our memories at Lantern Fest. Lantern Fest is our favorite date, the day we look forward to all year and the place where I fall in love with Andrew all over again.


Andrew and Emily, Lantern Fest 2018, "two years down, forever to go"Andrew Bell

The pictures honestly don't do it justice. I wish I could describe to you how moving the entire experience is but I honestly can't. If you've never gone to Lantern Fest this all probably sounds like a bunch of BS. I get that. Maybe it's just because I'm a hopeless romantic or overly emotional. (Both of which I proudly am.) But the whole experience really does make your heart skip a beat and your breath get caught in your throat. If you've never gone to a fest, you definitely need to. It is worth every penny and all the aggravation of getting out of the parking lot.

So Lantern Fest, keep being awesome, please fix the horrible parking situation, and we'll see you again next summer!

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40 Memes To Send Your Significant Other

Because if you don't roast the love of your life, who will?
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If your relationship isn't built on a solid foundation of exchanging hilarious memes- are you actually dating that person? If you don't log on to Facebook or Instagram with notifications that you have been tagged in a Kermit the Frog image, does your SO even love you?

I would argue that it might be time to reconsider the relationship if you cannot answer those two questions with a resounding YES! According to every woman's magazine ever written, laughter is essential to keeping a relationship fun and exciting. Modern journalists such as myself will tell you that internet memes are vital to keeping the love alive. Taking the time to send or tag someone in an online joke says "hey I was scrolling through my feed and came across this meme that I thought you would find slightly funny." What better way to express your love than a sentiment like that?

If you're new to this concept, let me take the guess-work out of it for you and provide 40 memes to send to the one you love.

1. For the green SMS text messages in your life

2. Casual reminders for the love of your life

3. Love that is a little...fixated

4. When you actually cannot take what you dish out

5. When you finally see ALL sides of a person

6. Priorities we can all relate to

7. A sweet little reminder for the one you love

8. Because you are better together

9. A Snoop Dogg meme for the casual stage in your relationship

10. The art of conversation

11. Setting yourself up for success early-on

12. A little dysfunction never hurt nobody

13. When the love is this real

14. Your anxiety is our anxiety

15. A simple guide to the woman's psyche

16. Just in case it's a mixed relationship

17. There has to be a time limit on these things

18. Finding ways to measure your relationship

19. Some things just have to be spelled out

20. For the girl in your life who truly hears you

21. The actual biggest step in any relationship

22. When you're a rough tough cream puff

23. Fancy dinners are overrated in your 20's

24. Because contrary to popular belief, you really are easy to please

25. Love is a little blind

26. When you have truly committed to a relationship

27. Because mind reading is still not a thing for some reason

28. Shamelessly letting social media define your love

29. When the love of your life forgets how to use his phone

30. Solid advice for the rocky times

31. Being available through the crucial periods

32. For that couple who leaves their phones at home

33. When the loyalty ends at food

34. For that low-maintenance woman in your life

35. When the laughs are forever at the other's expense

36. If there's a possibility that things could get violent

37. Being aware of the other person's greatness

38. Don't pretend you didn't go through a phase

39. Through thick and thin

40. Compromising until the very end

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9 Signs That You've Attained 'Comfortable Status' In Your Relationship

Everyone has that moment when you realize you would've NEVER done that in front of your S.O. six months ago.

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There are many tell-tale signs that point out that you feel secure in your relationship and are comfortable with your partner.

1. You talk about LITERALLY everything.

No conversation point is off limits. There is nothing you won't talk about with that person—weird, but also kind of refreshing. You can talk about your day at work, the annoying kid in your class, tell your S.O. they have spinach in their teeth...

2. You don't have to text them all the time to know what's going on.

While checking in throughout the day is cute, if you go for an hour or two without hearing from them, it's not the end of the world. You know he's probably playing basketball at the rec or she's probably at chapter meeting and can't respond.

3. You aren't afraid to voice your opinion.

In the early days of dating, you may have said her shirt looks great when in fact you hate the color, or you may have told him you don't care if you get Chinese food even though you ate it last night for dinner. When you're truly comfortable, let it fly! Tell them how you really feel (to an extent)!

4. That person is always the first person you go to with everything. 

Whatever the circumstance is — just got a job, failed an exam, lost your wallet, etc. — you always text that person first, even if there's absolutely nothing they can do about it. It just feels right, like something you should do.

5. You aren't as insecure. 

So what if you didn't have time to shower before they came over? No biggie. If you brought the wrong shirt to their house? No worries! You forgot PJs and are staying over? You can borrow their shirt! These things don't become a big deal anymore.

6. You're not completely and totally head over heels all the time anymore.

Of course you still love each other, but it's OK to get on each other's nerves every once in a while! Maybe you had a bad day and they aren't listening. Maybe you wanted to hang out and they forgot and made plans. It's OK! Just use these experiences as an excuse to tell the other person how you feel and DON'T BE PETTY. At least for very long.

7. You sign each other up for things.

Maybe your BF has to be your plus one to your date party or you have to be his plus one to formal. Either way, you sign each other up and tell each other about it later. It's not like they'd have weekend plans that weren't with you anyway, right?

8. You sleep like a baby together.

You've gotten used to his snoring and tossing and turning, and he's gotten used to you taking up the whole bed and sleeping in the middle. It happens, right? You figured it out.

9. You both need your space.

Sometimes you need a night or a weekend away from each other, and that's OK! It just means they'll have time to miss you and they'll realize they wanna spend more time with you.

What else have I forgotten? I'm sure there are other signs you and your S.O. are getting comfy with each other. Comment below!

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