WPC – The Not-So-Rounded Lanterns


Hoi An, a small city in Central Vietnam, gave me a wonderful impression. One night a couple years ago, I walked through the small lanes of the city which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City. A series of beautiful  paper lanterns with various colours and shapes were lit across the lanes above the head of people. And the drizzle of the night emphasized the lovely situation, bringing a romantic atmosphere in the air. Umbrella was wide opened with two bodies of a couple under it, close to each other. I smiled to myself, thinking of  my loved ones…

But as the wise said and I believe…

Always believe that something magical is about to happen

Hoi An Lanterns
Hoi An Lanterns

 

Hoi An Lanterns

Rounded

WPC – Lights in Circle Shape


Red Lanterns
Red Lanterns

I hope it’s not too late to wish a happy new year to you all wherever you are. Hope you will have a great and prosperous year ahead with full of joy and happiness.

Well, new year is always full of ‘First’, including this first post in 2016 in my blog 😀 and the first theme of 2016 DP’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Circle, a familiar shape in life which represents the life itself, with ups and downs. But as 2016 is here, as a milestone, I remember what Helen Keller said in her book, The Open Door.

“When the sun of consciousness first shone upon me, behold a miracle! The stock of my young life which had perished, steeped in the waters of knowledge grew again, budded again, was sweet again with the blossoms of childhood. Down in the depths of my being, I cried, ‘it is good to be alive!’ I held out two trembling hands to life, and in vain silence would impose dumbness upon me henceforth! The world to which I awoke was still mysterious; but there was hope and love and God in it, and nothing else mattered. Is it not possible that our entrance into heaven may be like this experience of mine?”

With the beautiful spirit like hers, I wish that we can decorate the year 2016, each day, with more colors of happiness, like the colors of the lights in the photos I submit for this challenge. Red, for the bravery and luck to walk along the path of 2016; and other colors to live life meaningfully.

Tree of Lights
Tree of Lights

May God make your year a happy one!

Not by shielding you from all sorrow and pain,

But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;

Not by making your path easy,

But by making you sturdy to travel any path;

Not by taking hardships from you,

But by taking fear from your heart;

Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,

But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;

Not by making your life always pleasant,

But by showing you

When people and their causes need you most,

And by making you anxious to be there to help.

God’s Love, Peace, Hope and Joy to you for the year ahead

(Anonymous)