Columbus – September 2018 – Water Lantern Festival

The Scioto River in downtown Columbus was the scene of a ‘Water Lantern Festival’. This festival’s goal is to celebrate life and inspire the human spirit (in a non religious way)

We arrived as the sunset was just beginning to set, which was a treat in and of itself.

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There were lots of people sitting in the promenade writing personal messages on their lanterns.

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People from all walks of life were participating.

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Each had purchased a lantern and a kit to decorate them, along with the candle.

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Some were kind enough to share their messages with me.

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We crossed the river as is continued to get dark for a view with the buildings as the background.

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The Town Street Bridge with it’s subtle lighting.

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The view of the crowd and buildings was magnificent, but we quickly realized the city lights reflecting in the river made it impossible to really pick out the lanterns as the first ones were launched.

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So we returned back across the river and watch the participants bring their lanterns to the shore.

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It was also apparent that most were being pushed along the wall.

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We made our way to the river’s edge where they were being launched.

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It was a beautiful scene,

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Some families sent theirs out in groups.

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Many had message dedicated to people who had passed away, but some were just wishing others, and the world, good will.

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The view from the river level was really cool.

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A large crowd gathered on the Broad Street Bridge to watch.

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The event was to take place a few weeks ago, but that entire weekend it poured rain. This evening was perfect weather.

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From above the wall you can see the candles in each lantern.

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The view from the Town Street Bridge (and with a good zoom) showed the line down the hill, and the previously launched ones.

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The lanterns with lights from a nearby building reflecting in the water.

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It was a peaceful scene, with the music and people enjoying their lanterns with messages of hope or tribute.

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A great ending to a busy Saturday.

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