A holiday festival of lights…with a twist.
We spent the Christmas Holiday with family in Raleigh, NC this past year. We spent a special evening taking in the Chinese Lantern Festival which took over several acres of a nearby amphitheater. What a treat.
We enter through a pagoda-like arched gate and down a red lanterned tunnel to where lanterns by the dozens reside.
The giant Chinese dragon is over 200 feet long and, fittingly, resides in a small lake.
The ancient art of Chinese lantern making began in the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD), a significant period of science and innovation. Every year since, during Chinese New Year, families view colorful lanterns to symbolize respect for Chinese culture.
Each lantern is created by hand on silk fabric stretched over steel frames and then lit with upwards of hundreds of LED bulbs.