Last night was lantern festival. Although big on fireworks here this is not such a major thing compared to Taipei. The lanterns follow on from the Lunar New Year and generally seem to mark the end of the new year celebrations. The big event takes place just outside Taipei in Pingshi (平溪區) with paper lanterns with a candle providing the heat to set them going. You write your wishes for the year on them then send them up to the skies.
It is quite amazing that a little tea candle can provide enough heat to lift it.
As you can see above, sooner or later the flame from the candle consumes the paper and in the end the charred remains fall to earth.
The other notable part of Lantern festival is in Taipei itself where there are tableau made of the most elaborate lanterns. Most of these are built by High schools.
These were taken at the start of a 'dragon' year so there was a bit of a theme running through them.
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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.