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You’ll be accosted by locals selling cardboard lotus flower-shaped lanterns, which come with a tiny candle. These, when released on to the river, are said to bring happiness, luck and love. And if the lure of a cruise downstream in a tiny sampan boat takes hold, you can take one. This is a great way to grab a bit of space from the crowds, and the river is a good viewpoint from which to enjoy the festival.
The lanterns are set into the river as an offering and to worship their ancestors as well as the God of the land. This tradition started centuries ago where on the full moon people from all over the region would come to participate.
Other entertainment includes local street musicians playing traditional instruments, poetry readings, Chinese chess matches by candlelight and other traditional theatrics and games. To have any chance of knowing what on earth is going on, you’ll need a guide.
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