Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.

Edith Sitwell

One of the things I miss the most of living in Italy is Winter. I miss the cold on my bare face while I walk along the little streets of my town. I miss the dark of this little alleys and the warm light of the street lamps. I miss the squares full of people, out and about in celebration. Despite the freezing conditions, people still love to gather and share moments together. I miss that. I miss it because, even though it’s cold outside, it feels warm.

The Lantern Parade feels exactly the same. It’s cold and dark outside, yet it’s warm and bright. 🙂

Happy Winter Solstice from the Hills!

Baba Desy head of the annual Lantern Parade in Belgrave
A dog wrapped in fairy lights for the parade
Belly Dancer
Belly Dancer at the Lantern Parade
Winter Solstice Celebration with Belly Dancers along the streets in Belgrave
Belly Dancers in Belgrave, Vic
Fire Dancer
Fire Dancer at the Lantern Parade in Belgrave
African Dancing at the Belgrave Lantern Parade
Cheshire Cat Lantern
Airship shaped Lantern
Dragon Lantern
Little girl holding a pink lantern
Lyrebird Lantern
Cockatoo Lantern
Kid holding his lantern
Crowd at the annual Belgrave Lantern Parade
Nemo Lantern
Owls couple Lantern
Father and daughter at the Lantern Parade in Belgrave
old walkman lantern
walkman lantern in orange colour
Belgrave Bakery and other shops open til late for the Parade
Piano and music Lantern
Backpacker with fishing rod lantern
Father and son
Fenix lantern
Dragonfly lantern at the parade for the Wintern Solstice Celebration
Fairy taking photos with kids and celebrating the Winter Solstice