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Shanghai Lantern Festival

Lantern making is a tradition in China that dates back centuries.  Although the normal Lantern Festival usually takes place during the winter, Shanghai had a special exhibit of them when I visited in September, 1996.  The lanterns which come from Sichuan Province, were some of the best I have ever seen. This first lantern is of a happy Buddha with the word for "fortune" over his head.
 
 
 
 
Shanghai Lantern Festival

Another lantern made to look like a palace. 
 

 

Shanghai Lantern Festival

A third lantern of Guanyin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy (觀音菩薩).  Guanyin is a manifestation of the Boddisatva Avalokitsvara for Buddhism fans.  Oh yes, the dragons spit water at unwary passersby!
 
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