Thessaloniki Marks International Fair with Thousands of Chinese Lanterns (photos)

China is the honored country in the 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair and the streets of the city have been decorated with red lanterns.

Around 5,000 lanterns are being installed in the main streets of Greece’s second biggest city as a mark of respect to China.

In ancient China, the lanterns were used to provide light and eventually as aspects of Buddhist worship. Today, they are used only for decoration and modern forms of celebration and worship.

Lanterns have become a symbol of national pride in China and are used to decorate homes and public places.

At least 200 Chinese companies will participate in the Thessaloniki International Fair.

A series of meetings between Greek and Chinese companies has been planned in an effort to attract investments, strengthen economic ties and enhance cooperation between the two countries.