March 5, 2008
BALLOONS & BUBBLY
The tradition of balloons and champagne dates back to the first balloon flight in France in the 18th century. When the balloons landed, they were often attacked by landowners with stones, clubs and pitchforks since landowners believed the balloons to be “fire-breathing monsters.” These early French aeronauts found that they could distract the landowners by offering them a glass of champagne. The tradition continues today with a champagne toast taking place after each flight along with the recitation of the Balloonist’s Prayer.
The Balloonist’s Prayer
The wind has welcomed us with softnessThe sun has warmed us with his warm hands.We flew so high and so well, that God has joined us in laugherAnd set us gently back into the loving arms of Mother Earth.