Thursday, February 12, 2009

Lantern Festival

Last Monday was the Lantern Festival which is held on the 15th day of the first month in the lunar year. It also officially ends the Chinese New Year. Each year, they have displays throughout park, which last approximately two weeks, as it takes many man hours, and dollars to put this celebration together.

Most of the exhibits are dedicated to the Ox, since it's his year, but there were also exhibits of ships, the Beijing mascots (Fuwa), Confucius, Buddha, and anything else Chinese you can think of, so Mark and I took as many pictures as we could without bumping into people. The shear number of people made it impossible.

Going to the park- Bailuzhou

The year's star- The Ox!

The vendors hoping someone would buy their pocket mirrors and other assorted crap!

There is a saying in Chinese, 人山人海, ren(2)shan(1)ren(2)hai(3), which literally translated means, people mountain people sea, or a sea of people. I think it was an accurate description of Monday night.

Swarm of spectators

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