Sunday, April 30, 2006

Yondung Nori--Lantern festival parade

The Lotus Lantern Festival is the largest and most celebrated event dedicated to Buddha's birthday, which falls on May 5 this year.


Commonly referred to as ``Chopail,'' the day is observed as a national holiday on which followers of Buddhism across the nation head to temples for special services.

Showcasing 100,000 lanterns of all colors, shapes and sizes.



Such a variety of lanterns are to be seen, all in brilliant and luminous hues. Some take inspiration from Buddha himself, while others are derived from mystical figures synonymous to the belief, including Sachonwang, the Four Divine Guardians, dragons and great white elephants. Others resemble butterflies, ladybugs, golden bats and salamanders.





Yondung Nori, refers to the name of the lantern parade that marches in front Chogye-sa Temple.

3 comments:

What's the Point in Living If You Can't Feel Alive said...

How cool! I wish I could be there to see the cherry blossoms and the lantern festival for Buddha.

julie said...

COOOOOOOOOL.
JEEEEENNNNICCCCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
I LUUUURRRRRVVVVVE YOOOOOU.

hello my friends hello
hello my friends hello
hello my friends
helly my friends
hello my friends hello

(that indeed has a melody.)

Ashley said...

that looks like fun...i want all of those lanterns. it would be fun to have a house full of lanterns. i think you should only bring back lanterns.