Lantern festival is celebrated on the 15th night of the new Lunar year and marks the end of the festivities. Apparently, the origins of the festival can be traced back to the first century CE. Traditionally, large paper lanterns are heated by small candles and then rise into the air. They symbolise letting go of your old self and bringing in a new you. You would write on the lantern your wishes for the new year which would then be lifted up to the Gods. This setting off lanterns into the sky is bigger in Taiwan and, anyhow, it was pretty windy which mean several, of the few we saw, burnt before they took flight.
The other things about it is the amount of fireworks. Although traditionally, I think, a new year thing they seem to be much more common at lantern festival, at least on the mainland.
We very rarely go away at the Lunar New Year. Firstly, it is so expensive as almost everyone else in China is on the move and secondly, we are never well enough organised before Christmas when the bargains are to be had.
We therefore tend to stay put. Some years the weather is great and others, not so much. This year was one of the better ones.
When it gets like this I love it: Freezing cold, but beautiful blue skies. The river freezes so you can walk on it. There is also a mini-fair effort.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.