Lights in the Dark Winter Night

Richmond Virginia Dominion Garden Fest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardenfest Of Lights At Lewis Ginter

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Phoenix Botanical Garden, Scottsdale, Arizona “Las Luminarias”  The Lights

Here are but two botanical gardens thousands of miles apart lighting up the dark winter nights of December. The two gardens are not only miles apart but geographically different.  Phoenix  is in the Sonoran Desert with a garden filled with cacti and exotic desert plants. The Lewis Ginter Garden is located in the Piedmont section of Virgina East of the Blue Ridge Mountains marked by low rolling hills and farms and native plants such as Dogwood and azaleas.

Half way around the world, in Incredible India, the majority faith system of Hindus celebrates the    winter festival of Diwali, a festival of lights.Image result for Diwali

Twinkling candles fill the sparkling cleaned homes and joyfully fill the night sky with bursting fireworks.

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival of lights celebrating  the  miracle  of a lighted lamp which  burned for eight days on enough oil for only one day.  Candles of the Menorah are prominent in the 8 days of Hanukkah.

At Christmas Christians celebrate with candles, the faith of believers, and the birth of Christ, declared as “the light of the world” in the gospel of John

During these dark cold nights and short days of light, these celebrations, both secular and religious, are important to people of all faith systems by filling the world with the joy of light.

Celebrate and enjoy!

desert botanical garden

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Image result for images of Hanukkah

 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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16 Responses to Lights in the Dark Winter Night

  1. Judy Kapila says:

    So nice to see you posting again, Anne!

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  2. prior.. says:

    so beautiful and the path with the lighted trail is my fav here…
    happy holidays to you 🙂

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  3. Fabulous light displays. Love the ones in the bags, or what seems like bags. Your photos are clear, too! Thanks for sharing. I’m getting a bit of Christmas spirit looking at blogs today!

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  4. I love lights and light festivals are always so enchanting.

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  5. peterhatton says:

    Another great post Anne.

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  6. Oh so pretty!! I’m missing the holidays already!

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    • annetbell says:

      I am also a Virginian by birth. . . . . from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. . . . .Staunton to be exact. Richmond is an elegant historical city with many wonderful sites from architecture to history. I hope you are taking advantage to learn from your amazing city.

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