A SELLER of traditional hand-made paper lanterns at Meikhtila’s Central Market says her wares have sold very well in the lead up to the Thadingyut Lights Festival which will take place in late October. Business was much better than last year, she said, adding that Myanmar lanterns sell better than Chinese made ones as they are cheaper. Traditional lanterns, priced from K250 to K700, are made in nearby Myingyan Township. The Chinese lanterns, by comparison, go for between K2500 – K8000 a piece. The Thadingyut Lights Festival is celebrated after the four month Buddhist Retreat which ends on Wednesday. Pagodas, Buddhist houses, roads and community buildings hang the colorful paper lanterns during the festival.