Lantern Festival 2020

Lantern Festival 2020

by Pete Petterson (subscribe)

The Lantern Festival is a time to come together and reflect on both the good times and the struggles you have endured. It is a time to wish for a bright future, good fortune and joy, prosperity and good health.

People light up lanterns and release them into the sky, letting go of their problems and worries. Each lantern’s colour and shape has specific meaning.

A red lantern represents a wish for good fortune and joy. This can include
booming life and prosperous business.

A green lantern represents growth, health and balance in nature.

A round lantern represents wholeness and togetherness in China, reminiscent of the full moon.

Some lanterns have decorative writing and pictures on them too, which have their own meanings.

Decorative writing can represent wishes for a long, healthy life and a prosperous, wealthy future. Occasionally, there can be riddles on lanterns too.

Images of dragons mean strength and wisdom.

Images of bamboo mean resilience.

Butterflies and flowers mean happiness.

Trees and plants mean growth.

All of these elements (colour, shape, writings, pictures) combine to create unique and deeply personal lanterns.

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Published by peter petterson

Father of four, grandfather of thirteen, and great-grandfather of eight. Resides in Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. Living happily in retirement and enjoying the company of my many young descendants.

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