Friday, 8 May 2009
these lanterns are made by the people of slaithwaite
for their yearly moonraking festival held in february.
they dress up, sing, dance and float lanterns down the canal
to tell the story of "the moonrakers".
the story goes:
in 1802 some smugglers working on one of the barges
secretly buried some rum under the reed beds in the canal...
later when they came to retrieve the loot, they were just about
to rake it out of the water when some customs men happened
on the scene. the officers shouted to the men and asked them
what they were pulling out of the water.
one of the smugglers noticed the moon reflected in the water and said,
"are you blind? cant you see that the moon has fallen into the water,
and were trying to rake her out before she drowns!" the customs men
looked at each other and burst out laughing. "moon fallen in the water?
a right lot of moonrakers you are!" and went about their business.
im desperate to go next year..
i think you can take classes
where you make a lantern.
i want to make a ghost.
*info from slaithwaitemoonraking.org*