On the 14th day of every lunar month, the old town of Hoi An (Vietnam) switches off its lights and closes to motorised traffic, the old town is transformed by flickering candlelight, multi-coloured lanterns and hoards of visitors who’ve come to see the full moon lantern festival.
For the locals the night of the full moon is the time to honour their ancesters, setting up alters laden with fruit, flowers, candles and incense outside homes and businesses, and burning coloured paper and fake $100 bills as offerings in exchange for good luck and prosperity.
Moreover, locals sell cardboard lotus flower-shaped lanterns, which come with a tiny candle (the ones in the picture). These, when released on to the river, are said to bring happiness, luck and love.
Uploaded: Nov 12, 2014