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.
As always with Chinese festivals drums and noise seem to be really significant.
Trees lit up with the Tianjin eye in the background. Then below a couple of shots showing the river lit up.
Finally, by the temple, trees are covered in these ribbons.
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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.