China Light 2012-2013
Over 40 Chinese artists have built the biggest Chinese light spectacle of Europe. In the park near the Euromast you can wander along enchanting light objects of fairy-tale characters, flowers, animals and other beautiful buildings. The photo's here give you an impression of my visit.
The story behind the Chinese light festivals
For hundreds of years, lanterns and lampions have been lit on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Chinese calender to pray for a good harvest and gain the favour of Taiyi, god of heaven. A legend tells of a god who wanted to punish the human race by setting fire to the earth. An old, wise man hit upon an ingenious solution: he got people to light torches, lanterns and fireworks to fool the god into thinking the world was already burning, and leave mankind in peace.