Sunday, March 3, 2013

The 2013 Lantern Festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

This lantern includes various characters from the famous Chinese epic Journey to the West, such as the pig and the monkey king.

The Lantern Festival takes place on the 15th day of the first month according to the lunar calendar. It is a time of the full moon and you are supposed to hang lanterns outside to appreciate the moon and tell riddles and eat glutinous rice balls. This festival is widely observed among Chinese communities all over the world. Nowadays the lantern can be very elaborate and cover a wide range of topics from traditional tales and folklore to modern issues such as environment, technology, etc. Images courtesy of  Photogenic Asia Stock Images



This lantern pictures a traditional Hakka family with their famous painted bamboo umbrellas.




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