Long before pumpkins were ever used at Halloween there was the turnip lantern, a tradition that started in Europe. Carved out turnips faces were used to represent the dead at Samhain, Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve) and Trauliicht gët Gebrannt

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A beautiful send off for visiting ancestral spirits
In the evening of the last day of the Japanese Buddhist festival of Obon, where the spirits of ancestors are said to visit, waterways are illuminated by hundreds of floating paper lanterns that are cast off down the rivers to bid farewell to the spiritual visitors as they head back to the realms of the dead.
Food, travel and more on Obon by Somewhere in the world today…
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A beautiful send off for visiting ancestral spirits

In the evening of the last day of the Japanese Buddhist festival of Obon, where the spirits of ancestors are said to visit, waterways are illuminated by hundreds of floating paper lanterns that are cast off down the rivers to bid farewell to the spiritual visitors as they head back to the realms of the dead.

Food, travel and more on Obon by Somewhere in the world today…

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Such beautiful Ramadan fanoos!

Only a week to Ramadan and bazaars are springing up all over the Muslim world, like this one in Egypt or Dandangan in Kudus, Indonesia.

Picture: Ramadan is coming #1 (by ania.egypt)

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10,000 lanterns are launched into the sky to celebrate the Loy Krathong festival in Mae Jo, Thailand. Loy Krathong is a Buddhist adaptation of the Hindu festival honoring the water gods. Taken by Nik Daum (http://www.nikdaum.com)

hispalis: Farolillos.

(From the Seville April Fair)

  1. Camera: Nikon D40
  2. Aperture: f/9
  3. Exposure: 1/125th
  4. Focal Length: 38mm