The Night of the LanternsWritten by Julen Madariaga on February 11th, 2009
Last night I was going to stay in and write a long, thoughtful post. Instead I went out and took some pictures.
The first full moon marks the end of the New Year celebrations. It is called 元宵节, usually known in English as the Night of the Lanterns. Apart from the lanterns, there are also fireworks. And of course, like in every festival in China, there is a special thing to eat: the 汤圆 or 元宵，AKA the sticky rice balls.
I also captured some of the 牛Year’s 牛s，flashing bravely on Yunan Road.
Below is a whole family of 牛s, looking Holy in their neon halo.
More lamps. Have you noticed how the paper lamps, with their older technology, actually decorate the streets much better than neon strings? Ancient Chinese were smart. Homeland Christmas decorators: take note.
And one last for the little Chinese street guitar session.