Tōrō nagashi (灯籠流し Tōrō = lantern / nagashi = cruise, flow) is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns down a river. This is primarily done on the last evening of the Bon Festival, festival based on the belief that this guides the spirits of the departed back to the other world. The white lanterns are for those who have died in the past year. Traditional Japanese beliefs state that humans come from water, so the lanterns represent their bodies returning to water.


favourite disney songs [3/20] 
↳ at last I see the light from tangled.

All those days watching from the windows, all those years outside looking in. All that time never even knowing just how blind I’ve been. Now I’m here blinking in the starlight. Now I’m here, suddenly I see. Standing here it’s all so clear. I’m where I’m meant to be. [x]


And at last I see the light,
And it’s like the fog has lifted.
And at last I see the light,
And it’s like the sky is new.
And it’s warm and real and bright,
And the world has somehow shifted.
All at once everything is different,
Now that I see you.


Hong Kong’s Central Waterfront Promenade and Tamar Park are currently home to an awesome large scale art installation comprised of 25,000 white roses illuminated by LED lights. This is the Light Rose Garden and it took six months to assemble, with each of its luminous white roses made of seven layers of petals, planted individually, and waterproofed. The garden was created for both Valentine’s Day and the Chinese Lantern Festival and will remain in place through February 22, 2016.

Visitors can purchase their own LED rose as a souvenir for HK$100 ($12.84 US). Visit the Light Rose Garden website for additional information.

[via Faith Is Torment and The Daily Mail]


The Lotus Lantern Festival

The Lotus Lantern Festival is held every year on April 8th (lunar calendar) in honor of Buddha’s Birth. The festival is preceded by hanging of lotus-shaped lanterns across Seoul for several weeks, and officially kicks off with lighting of the Jangeumdang, a large lantern that symbolizes Buddhism and Buddha’s Birthday, at the Seoul Plaza. The celebration continues with a wide array of Buddhist programs and activities, before ending with an impressive lantern parade in the heart of Seoul.