4.27.2009

lanterns and lanterns and lanterns and lanterns and dancing!

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Sunday was the Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival in honor of Buddha's Birthday. It was and amazing event, quite possibly the most amazing of the year! During the day there were all sorts of cultural affairs to enjoy. You could watch performances, make traditional crafts, eat street food...

Here's Kevin with his lantern.
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An old woman came and gave these little heart things to us. Mine said something like "If you have a big heart, the world is yours." Aww...
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This parade of people entered the park and performed some dances.
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For most of the afternoon, we walked around and watched people and ate good street food. I really wanted one of these hats.
...no really.
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One of my absolute favorite treats!
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We met some new friends.
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Then we visited the Buddhist Temple.
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Then, there was an endless and fantastic and wonderful and "wow" parade!
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Here are some videos of the parade. Beautiful!
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Lanterns, and MORE lanterns, and MORE lanterns, and MORE lanterns...
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Then we danced!
They kept the street closed and there was a big dance party.
Cultural music, circle dancing, cheering, chanting "Kang Kang Suwolae!!!"
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SO SO SO much fun!
Mom, I expect my next birthday party to be like this okay?