The 1,000 year old Lotus Lantern Festival celebrates the birth of the Buddha and thousands of Koreans – plus guests from around the world – come together with the sole purpose of wishing each other happiness and well-being.
Lanterns of every imagine sort, size, and design feature prominently in the festival, and they decorate every corner of Seoul. They also light up the processions and rallies which fill the city’s streets each evening, casting their warm glow on dancers and musicians, rope walkers and Buddhist monks.
One of the highlights is the Lantern Parade. It begins at 7p.m., leaving the Dongdaemun neighborhood and passing along Jongno downtown street, all the way to Jogyesa Temple. During the parade, more than 100,000 parade lanterns and floating lanterns will move through the crowd.
p.s. Hey. Today a kind and generous reader of the blog has gifted us with this magical guest-post concerning the long standing but previously unknown to me Korean Lantern Festival. It’s a pretty thing, and I hope you’ll enjoy it and will spread any pleasure, gratitude, or whatever else you feel today in your comments to Periwinkle, who will no doubt be watching and hoping you’re pleased. Thank you, and many, many thanks, Periwinkle. ** Dominik, Hey, hey, D! Oh, your poor dog, but I’m really glad you and Anita saw the year out appropriately. The new film script is very, very close to being finished, or at least the version we’ll use to fundraise. I’m sure it will change a lot over time just like ‘PGL’s’ did. Anyway, Zac has some last changes he wants to make before we have it translated into French, so that’s the immediate goal. Interesting about the Manson book. Yeah, he seems very cagey to me. I guess I don’t fully buy his thing. I guess it’s probably good that I didn’t write that article. Yes, I wondered if you knew Monika Treut’s films. Um, I think maybe start with ‘Gendernauts’ if you can find it? This week: Work on the film script, see some art … Zac and I are hoping to go to London just for an afternoon so we can see the show at Cabinet Gallery that has my GIF novels in it before the show closes on the 12th, so maybe we’ll do that one day. Stuff like that. You’re back at work? For the income or … ? 4 hours a day isn’t bad in any case. You have an amazing day too! ** Davdi Ehrenstein, Hi. Agree about Treut. Ah, you know her, cool. I should have guessed. HNY! ** Misanthrope, Hi, G. Thank you a lot for talking so richly about your novel in progress. Very interesting. Very interested to see how you do the inevitable ending. I think it could be said that ‘PGL’ has one of those. I hope your job restarts okay. Wow, yeah, I hadn’t thought about how the shutdown would mean basic services like heat are cut. That seems pretty sadistic. I hope it ends soon for your sake, but I sure don’t have any idea how it will. ** Sypha, Hi. Oh, I was just aiming for levity too, so our wires did not cross. I refuse to join Pinterest, I don’t know why. Joining it would make blog post assembling a whole lot easier, but I don’t know. There’s something about Pinterest that gets my guard up. I greatly look forward to the Harlem Smoke post! ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, B. Good, good, about your dad’s slow but steady progress. I sometimes order the kosher option on plane flights for the same reason. Horror theme is always good. I mean, it’s hard to imagine that theme not paying off. Well, yeah, if you’re going to use that title, you probably should at least skim the book or read the Cliff Notes ‘cos people will note the name share. ** Bill, Slaves make good occasion markers. If I could, I would assemble a bunch of them to be waiting for you at the SFO arrival gate holding up signs with your name written on them in their own body fluids. I hope the de-stressing is for real. How was the noise gig? ** KIIIdidas, Wow, I barely recognised you. I don’t sleep so much. I just go to bed early and wake up early. It’s weird. I always have, even when I was a young wild druggie maniac. Acing camera angles is interesting. It’s interesting to me that it takes, like, an hour to set up the camera to do a shot and then another hour to break that down and move the camera and set up an other shot, but on film it’s all so smooth and quick and ‘real time’. I suppose that magic trick will get old eventually. Don’t get the cough. The blog is partying like it’s 9102. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. There must be a trickier reason than that, no? I’ll try googling an answer. I just use social media to look for interesting things and people and occurrences and so on and not to say anything to anyone apart from some ‘likes’ and ‘loves’, and it’s ultimately a valuable resource to me, so there’s that angle? ** JM, Hi. I’m one of those people who can’t get into King’s prose, and I can’t read prose when I’m not into it itself, so I always wait for the movie versions of his stuff because I do like his ideas and cleverness. All’s well here. And with you and yours, I trust? ** Corey Heiferman, Hi, Corey. I have no idea what zombo.com is. But I shall find out imminently. Thank you. Happy Wednesday! ** Right. Let Periwinkle’s lovely show wash over you today, and say stuff to them please, and thank you, and see you tomorrow.