Once a year Lismore’s streets are lit up with hundreds of handmade paper lanterns, carried through the town to the collective sounds of awe and cheer, as the annual Lantern Parade brings together the region.
Running for over 20 years now, the Lismore Lantern Parade and Fiery Finale is a volunteer-organised and run event which celebrates everything wonderful about the Northern Rivers region, and marks the Winter Solstice (the longest day of the year).
I found myself in a bit of an ethical and emotional pickle whilst formulating this blog post and my latest video.
You see, as a vegan, I feel very aware that I may be judged negatively for the experience I’m about to share with you.
But I’ve just got to square my shoulders and bear that, if it does come to that.
See, in January, when my British boyfriend visited me here in Australia, we took a trip an hour and a half up the highway to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, so I could introduce him to some of Australia’s most famous native animals.