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Lantern markets spring up as Lunar New Year festivities end

02-11-2014 19:03 BJT Special Report: 2014 Spring Festival |

In the city of Nanjing, local artists there have come up with different kinds of lanterns. It's no surprise that this year horse-themed lanterns are popular.

Among the mountains of festive décor here, one theme is clear- horses are everywhere. These handmade, miniature horse-shaped lanterns come in various colors and designs. Some even come complete with hair and a tail.

It's no surprise that this year horse-themed lanterns are popular.

“When you buy a horse lantern you’re hoping for an auspicious year, a successful, happy, and wealthy year ahead.” said a vendor.

And the image of the equine animal comes in many innovative forms this year. These small lanterns have been made into the shape of a cartoon horse, with a big head and short legs.

“I like the horse -shaped lanterns and want to buy one. I hope my results in school will immediately go up!”

One lantern artist, Mr. Chen, is making lanterns at the stall where he is also selling them. Displayed here are creations adapted from a successful design he made to mark the Asian Games when they were held in Beijing 24 years ago. Hundreds of lanterns made by Chen have been sold so far this year.

“There were orders coming in yesterday, so I made two last night.” said Mr. Chen, Folk Artist.

It's no surprise that this year horse-themed lanterns are popular.

The world of lanterns has attracted hoards of festive customers this year. And whereas Boonie Bears and the big yellow duck make an appearance, the traditional designs, including the lotus flower, still remain popular. Some people will buy several, as gifts for family numbers.

“I’ve bought a dragon and a horse. They are the zodiac animals of my family members.”

“We buy a lantern every year, in the hope that our kids will grow up with these lanterns. They seem to encapsulate the feeling of every new year.”

Nearby cities in Jiangsu province have similar large-scale lantern markets lighting up the lantern festival for everyone.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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