編按:「放天燈」是元宵節應景的活動之一,許多國內外觀光客都慕名而來,也因此成為平溪十分等地觀光收入來源。然而美麗天燈背後卻帶來火災、環境破壞等許多問題...關於「天燈」老外怎麼看?其他國家對天燈又有什麼限制?

1.法國

Actually I went with my friends to Shifen to light the lantern.
我跟我朋友去十分點天燈

Because I believe that’s a cultural thing here and I wanted to try it.
聽說放天燈是個傳統活動,所以我想試試

元宵放天燈,緩緩上升好浪漫?老外:會害動物吃到天燈殘骸、釀成森林大火
「平溪天燈節」是每年在平溪所舉辦的元宵節活動,許多觀光客慕名而來。(來源:Jirka Matousek@flickr, CC BY 2.0)

(So where so you think those lanterns go?)
(你覺得那些天燈後來去哪?)

They just became garbage.
它們變成垃圾

元宵放天燈,緩緩上升好浪漫?老外:會害動物吃到天燈殘骸、釀成森林大火

2.澳洲

And the whole experience. It was really nice and magical.
放天燈的經驗既神奇又很棒

(But do you know where those lanterns go after they go up to the sky?)
(但你知道這些天燈升完空之後去哪了嗎?)

We actually we did think about it where we were there.
我們其實我想過這問題

And it was really quite depressing.
其實有點讓人沮喪

Because what goes on, must come down.
因為它們最後都會掉下來

元宵放天燈,緩緩上升好浪漫?老外:會害動物吃到天燈殘骸、釀成森林大火

And actually in Australia, buying sky lanterns is illegal.
其實在澳洲買天燈是非法的

(Why?)
(為什麼?)

Because it possesses a huge risk to bush fires.
因為天燈很可能造成森林大火

3.拉脫維亞

元宵放天燈,緩緩上升好浪漫?老外:會害動物吃到天燈殘骸、釀成森林大火

So in Latvia we also have sky lanterns, but we only light them on special occasions.
在拉脫維亞也有天燈,但我們都在特別慶典才會放

But when I came to Taiwan, me and my friends we went to Shifen.
但當我來台灣,我跟我朋友一起去十分