There was really only one theme running through this year’s lantern festival and it was sorrow. In the weeks following the Sewol tragedy, many events in Korea have been cancelled or postponed.
The lantern festival went ahead minus the music, dancing and general happiness. With a tragedy like this, no one is particulary in the mood to celebrate anything. With plenty of front row seats, my friends and I sat to watch the parade.
Each of the lanterns had a yellow ribbon in memory of the victims from Sewol. Although the parade was not like other years, a huge effort went into the hundreds and possibly thousands of lanterns which were most beautiful when it got dark.
A fire breathing dragon lantern…..
Cheongyecheon stream was, in my opinion the most beautifully decorated area with people peacefully strolling around admiring the lanterns.
People had the opportunity to leave their messages of condolence……
We even managed to find some new friends…..