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The Lights of Lobethal

The Lights of Lobethalis a Christmas festival taking place in December for over 60 years in the idylic South Australian township of Lobethal, near Adelaide. Around 700 private homes and businesses are festooned with traditional Christmas lighting and themes, an event which attracts an estimated 250,000 visitors.Visitors are encouraged to follow light trails around the town or to take special bus tours.slideshows_about05

The roots of the festival can be traced to 19th century German heritage and reflects traditional Christian values associated with Christmas. The Lights of Lobethal, therefore, are seen as the town’s gift to the community and the world. Since 1994, however, the lights have been subject to formal organisation and corporate sponsorship, establishing a problematical distance from the community led events of previous days.


Winchester, H.P.M.a, Rofe, M.W.b. (2005) Christmas in the ‘Valley of Praise’: Intersections of the rural idyll, heritage and community in Lobethal, South Australia. Journal of Rural Studies, 21(3), 265-279.

May 1st, 2013 - 12:58pm

Si-o-Seh Pol bridge, Isfahan

Located in Isfahan,Iran, the 300m Si-o-Seh bridge, constructed in 1602, comprises of 33 arges linking a series of pontoons floating on River Zayandeh. The bridge not only allows people to travese the river, but it also functions as dam helping to irrigate surrounding farmland. The bridge also accommodates a series of frescoes and a tea house.




May 1st, 2013 - 08:32am

Celebration in Lights, Newport

Newport (Virginia) hosts an annual Celebration of Lights festival which ties together Thanksgiving , Christmas and New Year.  Unsually the light display is a drive-through experience located in News Park.  The park is transformed through a display of 800,000 individual lights organised over a 2 mile stretch of roadway featuring over 300 individual display pieces, including 70 “animated holiday and fanciful scences”, 43 arches, and three miles of rope lighting.  A 300ft long animated tunnel of lights forms the centrepiece of the 20th anniversary of the festival, which since 1993 has attracted over 2million visitors.  Enjoy civilwarcat’s drive through video below:

May 1st, 2013 - 08:11am

Marshmallow Laser Feast

May 1st, 2013 - 06:09am

Loi Krathong

Loi Krathong is celebrated each November in Thailand based on a 13th century Sukothai tradition involving the Goddess of Water. The festival involves processions, illuminated floating tributes or Krathong, lotus shaped boats, and a spectacular lanterns launched into the night sky.

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April 30th, 2013 - 14:35pm