Saturday, 20 June 2015

Mid-Winter Lantern Parade


We had to wait until it was dark. Luckily there was just a sliver of moon. To help keep warm and happy there were food stalls selling burritos, soup, mulled wine, potato kebabs ... Our grandchildren were happiest with the candy floss  ...


Then the parade started ...


Street lights around the Octagon were turned off ...


The theme this year was Dunedin's Botanical Gardens ...


The peacock was a major attraction ...



Blurred flowers - hard to take photos of moving objects at night ...



But I'm a fan of colourful blurred effects ...


Goldfish  ...






Stilted aborists ... ...






A great parade. The weather was still, cold and clear. A perfect mid-winter's evening. The evening was also to celebrate Matariki - Maori New Year, which happens at the rising / appearance here in the Southern Hemisphere of the Pleiades star system (called Matariki by the Maori).

Info from Google:
Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June. For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the 'eyes of god' (mata ariki) or 'little eyes' (mata riki).

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