26 May 2013

Paper lantern record

10:20 am on 26 May 2013

Thousands of paper lanterns lit up the night sky above a university campus in the Philippines on Friday in an attempt on a new world record.

The Middle Way Meditation Institute of Thailand said 15,185 lanterns were released in total, celebrating "world peace through meditation".

The record had been held by Romania, with 12,740 lanterns released in a single event in June 2012.

The BBC reports many of the lanterns had the words "world peace through inner peace" printed on their sides.

They were released from a football field at the University of the Philippines Visayas, in the province of Iloilo.