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Lantern Lights Festival

Scenes from the Miami Lantern Lights Festival, a delightful and whimsical exposition that sparked moments of magic and wonder along fairytale landscapes of light and color.

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Scenes from the Miami Lantern Lights Festival, a delightful and whimsical exposition that sparked moments of magic and wonder along fairytale landscapes of light and color.

Click on any of the images below to see them in a slideshow.

About the author Walter

Walter lives and works in and around South Florida. When not practicing or studying acupuncture, you can find him at one of Miami’s beaches, or in a coffee shop lost in the pages of a good book. Walter enjoys diverse interests such as reading Tarot, practicing Qi Gong and Tai Chi, learning Buddhist dharma, practicing shamanic healing, writing for his blogs, reading Oriental philosophy, traveling to new places and old favorites, exploring contemplative photography with his iPhone, sitting quietly in meditation, practicing healthy fitness, and promoting wellbeing.

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7 Comments

  1. How glorious. Do you mind if I reblog this to provide a link from my blog. I think this is something to share with so many people.

    1. Oh, wow! Thank you so much. I appreciate the like and the share. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and want to share with others. Thank you Willym.

  2. So cool! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Reblogged this on Willy Or Won't He and commented:
    Walter over at Inquietudes tells us that sometimes 140 characters is not enough. In this case he’s given the characters a pass and spoken through his talented lens to share a bit of the Lantern Festival in Miami.

    By tradition the Lantern Festival is the fifteenth day and last day of the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). In the Chinese calendar the night marks the return of spring and symbolizes the reunion of family. And it signals the end to the New Year’s taboos and all New Year’s decorations are taken down.

    It is a festival that is said to trace it’s origins back almost 2000 years during the reign of the Emperor Hammingdi, an ardent follower of the Buddha. He was told that to show respect for Buddha that monks lit lanterns in the temples on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. He ordered that all temples, royal palaces and households should follow suit. This Buddhist custom gradually evolved into a grand public festival with games, feasting and, of course, lanterns.

    Perhaps that origin history is the accurate one but I choose to believe the version I recounted last year about a trick played on the Jade Emperor.

    Whatever the origins the celebration that Walter captured is a bright ray of much needed light in a darkened world

    1. Thank you Willym! I couldn’t have asked for a kinder or more eloquent reblog.

  4. Wow quite the light show. I do love the frog and the lotus flower on the lily pad. Beautiful blog.

  5. I’ve never quite understood or ‘got into’ the Chinese New Year, but i recoginzie a marvelous party. May this new year be something marvelous for you!

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