Lantern Festival

To celebrate Buddha’s birthday in South Korea, Seoul organized a Lantern Festival from May 10th to May 12th, 2013.

According to Buddhist beliefs, lanterns symbolize wisdom in that they bring light to the world. “Yeondeung,” which means lighting lantern, is an important ritual in Buddhism gives respect to Buddha. The lantern-lighting began in Korea during the Goryeo (918-1392) and Joseon (1392-1910) Dynasties and has been preserved through rituals such as the lotus lantern service and the lotus lantern parade.

This Festival was full of lanterns, with different colors, forms, and atmosphere. Here are some pictures from Flickr of Alex Barlow, Seoul Korea, Matt McDonald and Bethany Maxwell.

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