Every time I am about to travel anywhere I google search the place I’m going and “Lantern Festival.” Usually I get nothing, and very rarely find out that they do have one, but not the same time of year. This time I found out Auckland was having a lantern festival the exact same time I was going to be there! On the full moon bringing in the year of the horse!
It was by far my favorite festival I’ve ever been to. The park had these enormous trees with gnarled branches filled with lanterns of all shapes and sizes. Glow in the dark wares and Asian trinkets were being sold, and there was a whole street dedicated to delicious food. There were shows going on, with Martial arts, and dances with smoke and lights, and children climbing in the trees, and a firework show from the sky tower at the end. Jamie and I went to Mt. Eden to watch the fireworks and the stars and moon were even brighter than the tiny tower in the distance spewing sparks.