Wednesday, February 26, 2014

02/22 - Chinese New Year Lantern Festival

Traditionally the last day of the lunar New Year celebration in the Chinese calender is the Lantern Festival, officially called Shangyuan Festival. Obviously the calender here in NZ is a bit different, because the festival itself was about 1 week later...

In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple and only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones. Nowadays lanterns have been embellished with many complex designs and are now often made in the shape of animals. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones, which they will let go of the next year, they're almost always red to symbolize good fortune.

I strolled through the park and took some pictures of the lanterns which came across my way... I was surprised to see no horse being the new year the Year of the Horse...

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