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I hadn't even heard of the traditional until John Barrowman launched a few, several years back on his blog:
Chinese Sky Lanterns: $7.99
They arrived in about a week, and we set them off last night. They were awesome and worth every dollar. They flew probably, three or four miles up in the air.
Now of course you're supposed to make a wish, and everyone knew what mine was: I hope to do my study-abroad this year.
I cannot recommend these enough, they're a really cool tradition. The kids love it and we did too. If you think you missed New Years this year, you could always celebrate the Chinese New Year which occurs on January 23rd.