16 March ’13
For the last few years the Palmerston Festival of Cultures has kicked off with a community Lantern Parade. We went as a family a couple of years ago – I don’t know why we didn’t attend last year, we must have had something else on that weekend.
There are many different beliefs about the origin of lantern festivals, however, it is likely to have had something to do with celebrating and cultivating positive relationships between people, families, nature and the higher beings that were believed to be responsible for bringing or returning the light each year.
Billy (with a bit of persuasion – it’s hard to prize him away from a ‘screen’ sometimes) came with me to check out this year’s parade.
It’s the Chinese Year of the Snake, so the parade was lead by a fabulous snake lantern named Gerald. Not a very Chinese name, but I guess he is a Kiwi snake.
Amongst the community lanterns that followed Gerald were the zodiac lanterns from the previous years. I’d love to know where these fabulous paper creations Continue reading