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Top light festivals in the world

We love light art since they all seem magical and mystical when done right, but when mixed with a celebration, they are out of this world. Some festivals are simply a small and peaceful procession while others are huge symbols of joy with colourful displays. Witness some of the world’s most unique and fabulous light festivals here.

1. Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival – Harbin, China

 

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Perhaps the largest snow and ice festival in the world. The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is a unique festival showcasing beautiful ice sculpture artworks, from mythical creatures to beautifully lit ice lanterns. In 2016 it will be held from the 6 January and last for over one month, so head to China and experience the beauty of magical lights, ice and snow.

2. Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival – Taiwan

 

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There are loads of lantern festivals held all around Asia, but perhaps the most stunning and best known is the Pingxi Lantern Sky Festival in Taiwan. Hosted by the ministry of transport and communications, while the event is celebrated with lantern making, lantern riddle games and the displays of decorative lanterns, the most magical, romantic and striking event happens when the lanterns are released. The festival will be held in February 2016.

3. Festival of Lights – Lyon, France

 

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One of the most well-known festivals in France, this Festival of Lights is celebrated over four days revelling Lyon’s heritage. Each night of the festivity will bring you dancing projections of different themes all accompanied by music. Save 8th - 11th, December 2016 date in your calendar!

4. Diwali – India

 

The Indian festival of lights is one of the most celebrated festivals in India and is traditionally celebrated for a period of four days, usually during October-November. This festival provides different meanings in various parts of the Indian culture. In northern India it is a symbol of the coming home of lord Rama, in Gujarat it is celebrated in honour of the goddess of wealth Lakshmi and the Bengalis pay homage to the goddess Kali. A festival to celebrate with families and new beginnings and transforms the whole of India into a bright and shining Diya.

The Indian festival of lights is one of the most celebrated festivals in India and is traditionally celebrated for a period of four days, usually during October-November. This festival provides different meanings in various parts of the Indian culture. In northern India it is a symbol of the coming home of lord Rama, in Gujarat it is celebrated in honour of the goddess of wealth Lakshmi while the Bengalis pay homage to the goddess Kali. This festival transforms the whole of India into a bright and shining Diya.

5. Winter Light Festival – Japan

 

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Kuwana city is home to Nabana No Sato, a botanical theme park that features meticulously landscaped gardens and impressive giant greenhouses. The fragrance of the flowers dances with the cold winter air as thousands of visitors arrive to witness the tunnel of lights, with the accompaniment of elegant light shows. With over 7 million LED lights this festival is Japan’s biggest winter illumination, every year starting from mid-November to mid-March.

 

 

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