When Indians are busy gearing up to celebrate Diwali, here is a look at five light festivals across the globe.
China’s Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year and is observed on the first lunisolar month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Also known as the Shangyuan or the Yuanxiao festival, the lantern festival is celebrated with colourful lanterns and lights especially the red colour.
Beautifully made lanterns are hung from houses by the Chinese. The intrinsic beauty of the light makes the festival a must-attend for every Chinese.
St Lucia’s Day
Symbolizing hope and light, St Lucia’s Day is celebrated on December 13 in all Scandinavian countries to mark the martyrdom of St Lucia. The eldest girl in the house is made to dress in white and red carries a wreath of candles. The festival also marks the beginning of Christmas celebration.
Festival of Lights, Berlin
The newest entrant in the list of festival of lights, the Berlin Light Festival was kicked off by Birgit Zander in 2005. Celebrated in the month of October, Berlin gets transformed into a city of lights with all buildings and installations getting illuminated with lights. The cultural events also add flavor to the event which has now become a favourite tourist destination globally.
Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
Celebrated in Aomori, Japan, this is also a festival where light plays the most alluring factor. Myriad hues, lights and Japanese melodies and parades add to the festivities. Colourfully lighted hangings make the atmosphere intoxicating.
The fire festival of Spain is another festival where light is used to celebrate Spain’s culture. Mostly celebrated by carpenters, the festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness. It is the day where Spanish people pay homage to St Joseph.
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