Lantern Festival observance


According to the lunar calendar, the first full moon of this year will appear on March second. And during the days of the very old China of my era, that night will be the night of the Lantern Festival.

Skillfully made paper lanterns will float over rivers and lakes; their lights chasing away the shadows of sorrow. They will shine from tree branches and high posts; their sparkles overpowering the darkness of anger. They will soar into the sky to join the moon and the stars; their beams eliminating the possibilities of war

I’ll be celebrating this Lantern Festival in Bark River. Though not knowing how to make a lantern, I’ll light a little candle, and pray for the end of sorrow, anger, and any possibilities of war. Would you join me?

Ching Bezine

Bark River