China’s Lantern Festival

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One of my favorite blogs, The Boston Globe’s “The Big Picture,” has a feature about the Chinese Lantern Festival that takes place on the fifteenth day of the year during the first full moon sequence.  Light shows, people throwing molten iron against cold cement walls, and fireworks mark this occasion, and as you’ll see from the images, it’s a beautiful light party.

Unfortunately this year’s ceremony included a fire at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel building due to some unauthorized fireworks.  The hotel was empty, but one firefighter was killed fighting the blaze.

Check out the photos of the Chinese Lantern Festival.  They’re quite beautiful.

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