Friday, April 8, 2016

A Buddha's Birthday Celebration With Sky Lanterns In South Korea - 2016 Colorful Merrymaking At The Dalgubeol Lantern Festival In Daegu

A Buddha's Birthday Celebration with Sky Lanterns In South Korea
2016 Colorful Merrymaking At The Dalgubeol Lantern Festival in Daegu

May 14 is Buddha’s birthday, one of the big holidays in South Korea.
People celebrate the day with various ways every year. In Daegu Colorful Merry Making at the Dalgubeol Lantern Festival will be held to celebrate Buddha’s birthday for several weeks this year.
A lantern festival has been continued from Silla Dynasty, now it has become one of popular annual festivals everyone can enjoy in Korea. 



△ 2015 Colorful Merrymaking At The Dalgubeol Lantern Festival

The festival is preceded by hanging of lotus-shaped lanterns across Daegu city for several weeks and officially kicks off with having a lighting ceremony that symbolizes Buddhism and Buddha's Birthday at Gukchaebosang memorial park. 



△ 2015 Colorful Merrymaking At The Dalgubeol Lantern Festival

Also the celebration continues with a wide array of Buddhist programs and activities such as a lantern parade and flying and floating lanterns in the heart of Daegu.


[Daelgubeol Lighting Ceremony]
∙ Date : 18:00pm (Sat) April 9, 2016
∙ Venue : Gukchaebosang memorial park(42, Dongin-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea)

[Dalgubeol Yeon Deung Hoe(Lotus Lantern Festival)]
∙ Date : 16:00pm (Sat) April 30, 2016
∙ Venue : The whole area of Duryu baseball stadium(560, Duryu-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea)

[Lantern Parade]
∙ Date : 20:00pm to 23:00pm (Sat) April 30, 2016
∙ Venue : Along Dalgubeol Boulevard (From Duryu baseball stadium to Banwoldang intersection) 

[Flying Wishing Lanterns]
∙ Date : 19:00pm, (Sat) April 30, 2016
∙ Venue : Duryu baseball stadium
∙ Ordering lanterns : Online (https://www.facebook.com/Gwandeung) From 00:00 on April 11
※ It's only 1,000 lanterns prepared for safe.(first come, first served basis)
    3 participants recommend for 1 lantern to make and fly.



How to buy a lantern online?
1. Click URL from the notice post to download an application on their facebook page on Apr 11 
2. Fill in the application to complete (Application is in Korean only)
3. The result will be announced at 17pm on the day by text message
4. Make a payment for a lantern by money transfer (10,000KRW)
5. Pick up your lantern before 17pm on Apr 30.

[Colorful Dalgubeol Gwandeungnori]
∙ Date : 11:00am to 23:00pm, May 4 to 8, 2016
∙ Venue : Along the Sincheon river (Heemang bridge ~ Joongdong bridge ~ Sangdong bridge)
∙ Events : Exhibition of traditional lanterns, Lanterns floating, Cultural performances, Cultural activities and various events 

[Lantern Floating]

∙ Date : May 5 to 8, 2016
∙ Venue : The whole area of Joongdong bridge, Sincheon river(551-8, Jung-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea)

2016 Colorful Merrymaking at the Dalgubeol Lantern Festival Official Website - http://www.gwandeung.or.kr/home