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CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGES: My family in one of the decorated Restaurants for the New Year festivities. The year of the Cockerel. An auspicious year with many famous people who were born in the year of the Cockerel (Rooster)

We have many festivals in China. This one is particularly beautiful as you can see. I took these pictures on the last night of the festival.

This is the last day of our Chinese lunar new year. We call the last day of lunar new year  the Lantern Festival. This is a traditional holiday that is observed on the fifteenth of the first month in the lunar calendar. From ancient times, people would all go out to enjoy the many kinds of lanterns often lit up by candles which covers the city in a fairytale shimmering light. Always a magical experience and a great family event enjoyed by both adults and children. We always try to come together as a family at this special time. Here are some of my photographs from last year and this year. Please click for a larger image.
 

This is a famous poem written Ouyang Xiu(1007- 1072):
 
Shengzhazi
The Lantern Festival
 
Yesteryear, the fifteenth of the first moon,
Festive lantern lights looked as bright as noon.
The moon seemed to hang on a willow tree,
As he and I were to, each other, see.
 
This year, as usual, the Festival came.
The moon and the lantern lights were the same.
But he was absent at the rendezvous.
My tears welled up and my sleeves were soaked through. 

NEW YEAR FESTIVAL LAST YEAR




    


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