Friday, May 11, 2012

Flashback Friday: Lantern Festival, Taiwan

Taiwan is a place that never lacks for color. But when it's time for the annual Lantern Festival, it shines with thousands of lights in multi-colored splendor.

It happens every year in the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar. In 2013 that will be Feb 10.
There are smaller lanterns like these, lantern-making competitions, and the floating lanterns that work like a hot-air balloon and fly off into the night. We lived in Taiwan in the Year of the Sheep, so we also saw a huge sheep-shaped lantern. If you're ever in Asia around Chinese New Year time, get to Taiwan and light up your life!

Year of the Dragon is right now, but if you go in 2013, you will be sure to see lanterns coiled up in the shape of next years animal: The Snake!

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