If you've ever watched Tangled, you probably wished that dreamy lantern scene could be real life. Well your dreams are about to become a reality. At last you'll get to see the "floating lights" like Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene did in Tangled, because this December, a lantern festival will be lighting up the winter sky in Vancouver.
Lantern festivals are a 2200 year old traditional Chinese practice marking the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. Other places such as Thailand, Brazil, Hawaii, and Mexico also have their own cultural history with floating lanterns.
The 23rd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is on Wednesday December 21, 2016. The Secret Lantern Society aims to honour several cultural traditions through this annual festival. Brighten up the darkest night of the year with lanterns, fire, music, dancing, and more!
This free event begins at 6:00 pm. There will be lantern processions taking place in each of the four neighbourhoods. Afterwards, you can enjoy multicultural performances and activities in an indoor venue.
Watch as four different Vancouver neighbourhoods become transformed and illuminated by a constellation of lantern lights. Each festival aims to emulate the character of it's neighbourhood, and the communities participating are Yaletown, Granville Island, and Chinatown/Strathcona.
Don't miss out on your chance to see the lantern lights and participate in a longstanding tradition of many cultures.
For more information, check out the Secret Lantern Society's website here.