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The Lantern Festival will be held in October on the Namghan River in Korea
The other day in Korea, in the province of Gyeongsangnam-do, the spectacular "Festival of Lanterns on the Namgang River in Chinchu" began, RIA PrimaMedia was told at the representative office of NOTK in Vladivostok.
The tradition of firing lanterns down the river, called "Yudin nori", has a long history and its roots go back to the Imjin War (1592-1598), when Korea defended its independence in the struggle against Japan, which intended to seize the Korean Peninsula. At that time, lanterns were often lit near the Chinjuson fortress, which were used as signal lights and means of communication: with their help, signs were given to neighboring detachments about the need to send reinforcements, as well as news were transmitted to relatives and friends.
After the end of the war, a tradition appeared every year to light lanterns in memory of the soldiers who gave their lives for their homeland, and let them down the course of the Namgan River. This practice has been practiced for centuries and in modern Korea has grown into a large-scale cultural festival that attracts more and more visitors every year.
Among the lanterns swaying on the waves of the river one can see images of Korean traditional wedding rituals, Buddhist pagodas, mythical animals and heroes, figures of famous world sights, popular heroes of children's fairy tales.
An unusual tunnel stretching along the riverbank, which glows with a beckoning red light, is also of great interest. Entering it, you can see several thousand lanterns with wishes, which were attached to them by the townspeople and guests of the festival.