Christmas seems the traditional time for outdoor light shows, but since Christmas here is mid-summer and it’s not really dark until after 10 pm, Christchurch City Council puts on a mid-winter light show during a school break instead. That’s right, even though the calendar says it’s July, it’s like a northern hemisphere January right now. Milo expressed his deep appreciation for modern art (“Red! Purple! Blue! Green!” according to the light change) as he attempted to fill in the pond one pebble at a time.
Part of the even was a kids’ lantern parade. Lots of kids had made paper lanterns lit with a candle inside. Now, envision a few hundred kids waving burning lanterns overhead, attached with hooks to the ends of sticks, shuffling down a dark path for half a kilometer….it’s amazing that no one’s hair caught fire! The glowing moon was one of a few professional mascots that joined the parade.
To my great relief the parade finally ended, and we got a break from walking on people’s heals to watch a fire-juggling show. It was pretty impressive. I must be getting old when I wonder if the moms of fire-jugglers are proud of their lithe muscly sons tossing fire above their heads, or if they wish they’d gone into a tamer profession.