China Lights, New Orleans City Park (Photo101Color)

A few weeks ago, I spent an evening photographing the breathtaking Chinese Lanterns on display at the China Lights exhibit at New Orleans City Park.  Walking through the glowing exhibition, which covers the entire botanical gardens of the park, felt fantastical and otherworldly. Silk lanterns originated in ancient China and the symbolism of the lanterns is expressed not only through the shapes and characters, but also through the colors. Red symbolizes good fortune and joy. Green represents health and prosperity. White is the color of purity and fulfillment, but is also the color of mourning. But yellow, the color of the dragon above, is the center of everything and generates Yin and Yang. It was the emperor’s color in Imperial China and represents the five legendary emperors of ancient times.  I hope to see this exhibit again as it travels the world.

 

 

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