Saturday, February 14, 2009

Lantern Festival

Last night M6 and I went to the Lantern Festival to join in the celebrations marking the end of Chinese New Year.

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2009 is the Chinese Year of the Ox - "The Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work"

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Despite the very un-summer like temperature we had a lovely time wandering around the park admiring the amazing lanterns. Some were true works of art. It was quite magical to watch the park light up as the evening darkened and the real beauty of the lanterns became obvious.

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We also got to see the firecracker display (to ward off evil spirits) and watch some traditional dance, puppet and music performances - a wonderful way to spend the evening!

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This lantern was my favourite. Dragons represent auspcious power and it seems almost disrespectful to call it 'just' a lantern, it was enormous and mighty!

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

According to this, which I sincerely hope is accurate .....Happy New Year!








7 comments:

Shortly said...

Gorgeous! Sounds like a beautiful night.

Anonymous said...

We went too. Sophie loved it as did Mum & Dad. She has asked to go back tonight I don't think so.

Rose Red said...

how cool are those lanterns!! Love the first photo especially - really neat effect!

Linda Jordan said...

that is only beautiful. The different types of lanterns were only gorgeous. I wish the Chinese community here would do something similar, I do think they are holding a small parade today but nothing really big. Would have loved to have seen the lantern festival though.

Aunt Kathy said...

Did you make M6's hat? That's a cute one. Great pics too

Little Grubs said...

What a magical night - thanks for sharing! x

Sonia said...

That looks like a lot of fun!