Pretty lights!

    I really missed Christmas and Christmas lights in December.  It was my first Christmas away from home.  However, on the way to the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial going from the 228 Memorial, I realized that Taipei probably needed to save all that electricity for the Lantern Festival.

East Gate.

In front of the gate, there were odd tourist sort of displays “Love Hong Kong!” and streams of people wearing glow-in-the-dark devil horns, wielding light sabers, and various other glowing things.

I love the light-saber movement caught by the long-exposure here.  (Taking photos in the dark proved to challenge my skills as a photographer– but I learned to love the manual setting of my camera and the delete key).

Little kids were walking around carrying light sabers bigger than they were and some also swung about little hand-held lanterns.

There are a couple of stages set up outside the National Concert Hall, and in front of the CKS Memorial, there were lantern floats in the process of construction and testing.

Pigs proliferated, since it is after all, a good Pig Year…

This student float was mostly finished– it’s a carp jumping over a dragon– they sort of swayed in the breeze, which was pretty cool.

I thought this one was completely awesome– and it’s not even finished yet!  I really wish that we could have had making something like this as a school project when I was in high school or in college for Asian Awareness Week.

Actually, I’d love to learn how to make a lantern now– they’re so pretty!

I have to say, it was odd going to the festival where all was light and music and partyish, when just a few blocks away, I’d been contemplating the innocent deaths of thousands of people caused by the very person honored by the CKS Memorial.  It was closed when I got there, the steps serving as seats to people looking out on the avenue of lantern floats, and the balconies secluding canoodling couples.

Blog Note: I’m afraid I just realized that my WordPress theme cuts off a sliver of landscape-oriented photographs– anyone know of any free themes that don’t do that?  It took me quite a bit of browsing to be happy with this one, and then it goes and snips off my photos.  Everyone on the LJ feed (not sure about the rest), should see the photos in their friends-page swallowing entirety, though…. 😀


1 Response to “Pretty lights!”

  1. 1 J
    July 29, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    my statement of the 228 incident would be totally oppsite as yours.

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