Thursday, September 27, 2012

1Malaysia Lantern Tourism Festival 2012

The Lantern Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival, traditionally signifies the end of the harvest season. Malaysian Chinese homes rejoice with family get-togethers, prayers, and mooncakes, while kids show off their latest lantern designs. Malls and landmarks in the city like Petaling Street are merrily decorated with thousands of lit lanterns, while various other activities all add up to a festive atmosphere.
There are many different beliefs about the origin of the Lantern Festival. Many believe that, it is probably to do something with celebrating and cultivating positive relationship between people, families, nature and the privileged beings that were thought to be responsible for the recurrence of light each year. The festival signifies the end of Lunar New Year which is observed on the 15th day of the 1st month (lunisolar year).

The chief feature of this festival is to fly paper lanterns in the air which often contain messages of good luck, family reunion, rich harvest, wealth and love. They usually come in various shapes like dragon, butterfly, rabbit, carp and others. In keeping with the times battery operated lanterns are also available, but they are not as popular as those lit by candles. It’s truly a unique experience to watch the sky lit with these lanterns, while you wish to seek blessings in your heart of hearts.

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