Photo: Megan John

Chinese New Year traditions include releasing a wishing lantern into the air or casting it into the water to bring good luck or release worries. The latter is celebrated annually at the San Antonio River Walk, which holds its Confucius Wishing Lanterns event Feb. 9. The ceremony of floating gold-rimmed lanterns and lotuses is both joyous—some mark theirs with wishes, hopes, and dreams—and poignant—others honor a loss and find closure.

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