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Chinese Magical Lantern Festival

The Fire Rooster

A Chinese New Year related/continued festival; a festival of lights but without flying lanterns as those are dangerous 😉 It was approx a 1hour15min walk following the Silk Road (rather than the Yellow Brick Road 😛 ) plus refreshments and small fun fair. One of the most popular refreshments was roasting marshmallows on sticks over a fire camping style.

It took place in Chiswick House Gardens at night so as to benefit from the lighted displays all the more. It’s also a lovely to visit in warm weather in the daytime too 🙂

It’s 2017 and so we are now in the cycle of the Rooster; an animal that knew how to work together in the great race with the goat and the monkey to be awarded Tenth place. Remember that the elements are also involved (Earth, Metal, Fire, Water and Wood for China) so this is the year of the Fire Rooster; Rooster years are generally lucky but Fire Roosters no so much :S it’s more about hard work and channeling your energy for reward rather than hoping.

Before going out:

There:

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

Lol this exhibition of an actual lantern went out as soon as I passed so it went pitch Black for everybody else!

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

chinese-new-year-rooster Magical Lantern Festival

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My Sister and I on the Teacup ride (yes we’re just big kids really):

Magical Lantern Festival Chinese New Year

Magical Lantern Festival Chinese New Year

And for afters – we stopped off at a gorgeous restaurant for Vietnamese ‘street food’ (just not on the street obviously!)

Vietnamese Food

Vietnamese Food

Fragrant Jasmine tea with a beautiful closed flower within

Vietnamese Food

which then opens with time

That was the first time I’ve been on an outing for a very long time and when we were sitting at a Red light on the way back a drunk driver crashed into the back of us and I’ve had a pounding headache since. Sod’s Law or the year of Fire Rooster proving to be intense like it’s reputation?

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