The festivals are still going on in Montreal. I actually didn’t go to the big ones at all this summer, but I have a few festivals I will be trying to head out to in October. Hopefully I’ll get the chance!
On Friday night, I went out after work with one of my good friends to do photo shooting of the Lantern Festival at Montreal Botanical Gardens. I went a few years back but it was so crowded I didn’t even finish seeing everything and left. This year, we went through not only the Lantern Festival in the Chinese Gardens but also went to see the Evening Tour Route in the Japanese Pavillion. Due to the huge amounts of photos, I will have to split this into two posts as well. So for this one, the main focus of the event: LANTERNS!
Lanterns are a part of the tradition in celebration of the Midautumn/Moon Festival. I used to have a little lantern and we’d walk around with it. It was a time for blessings for the whole family.
The lanterns were shaped in various historic characters/people, mystical creatures, and animals. We had soldiers, the Yellow Emperor (the first emperor of China), Pandas (with baby ones), Cranes, tiger, and various types of common peasants such as farmers, etc. There were the mystical creatures like dragons and phoenix. Lots of normal lanterns lit all the paths around the Chinese garden where it would lead to higher grounds. It was very beautiful. Just the reflection of the lanterns in the water were mesmerizing. Just look at it!
Colourful, right? Its just so beautiful!