The year of the Dragon is almost over and the Snake is approaching our doorstep.
It is said to be a year for steady progress and attention for detail, with lots of support for research.
Whoopdiedoo! Let the science nerd in me be let loose 😉 Sounds like a good year to study a bit more photography.
Like trying to take pictures in the dark. Without a tripod (why think of bringing one when you know you are going to a light festival!?). Doing the best you can to make them look alright.
I don’t think I did a bad job for a handheld photo! What do you say?
They say that Chinese Light Festivals have been a tradition for centuries. The lighting of lanterns and lampions on the 15th day of the first month in the Chinese calendar was performed to gain favour with the God of Heaven Taiyi. By doing so, people hoped to get a prosperous harvest.
It is also part of a legend that tells of a god who wanted to punish the people by setting fire to the world. An old, wise man – who else – came up with a solution: everybody lit torches, lanterns and fireworks, making as much light as possible. And so they fooled the god into thinking that the world was already burning, leaving them be at peace.
It also just looks pretty… so go and watch it if you can!