Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Then do not miss the last few days of the Chinese Lantern Festival.
Step into a magical festival of lights. Imagine AMAZING, larger than life hand crafted lanterns illuminating the night sky, incredible live entertainment and cultural food. You’ll be immersed in an unforgettable night of multicultural adventure! From food to crafts to entertainments, you will experience the magic of China and the ancient art of silk lanterns.
Island Water Sports has partnered with The Chinese Lantern Festival to bring you to this incredible festival
WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL
How to win:
TO WIN: Comment on this blog post with the reason we should pick you. We will randomly pick a winner Friday, January 12th at 10pm. The winner will be notified and can pick up their tickets at will call to attend Saturday, Sunday or the last night on Monday.
Over 800 Handcrafted Lanterns throughout the entire park
Live Kung Fu and Chinese Martial Arts Performances and free coaching with on-stage performers
Experience Shadow Play: the revered Asian art of puppetry
A Variety of Asian Cuisines to Enjoy
Explore Traditional Chinese Artisan Booths
- Bring your kids to ride incredible life-like dinosaur robots. (Honestly amazing!)
Central Broward Regional Park | 3700 Northwest 11th Place Lauderhill, FL 33311
NE Corner of 441 (State Road 7) and Sunrise Blvd. Lauderhill, FL 33311
Now through January 15th Only
5:30pm – 10:00pm
Chinese Lantern Festival Nightly Schedule
- 6:00 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. Live Kung Fu Performances
- 7:00 p.m. & 8:45 p.m. Shadowplay Puppetry
- 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Folk Art Demonstrations by 5 Folk Artists from China
The Art of Chinese Lantern Making
The lantern festival is one of China’s most traditional celebrations. During this annual festival, a variety of lanterns are hung throughout the street. And, children make their own lanterns for local parades.
The art of lantern making dates back to 206 B.C (during the Han Dynasty). It was an era of innovation, science and invention as handcrafted arts took on purpose for beauty as well as practical needs of day-to-day life.
Originally lanterns were simply used for lighting. But, over time, Chinese lanterns evolved into incredible art forms. Today, Chinese Lanterns are a cherished part of cultural festivals and celebrations throughout the country.
History of Chinese Lanterns
Original lantern construction varied according to their purpose. Palace lanterns were made of the finest silk or glass over the best wood. The traditional red lanterns (that are recognized around the world) were made of red gauze stretched over bamboo. Shadow-picture lanterns used a paper wheel inside which turned when heated. These created unique moving pictures around the outside of the lantern.
The Lantern Festival is one of China’s most traditional celebrations. It falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month (typically February or March on the Gregorian calendar). During this festival, varieties of lanterns are hung in the streets and children make their own to show off in village parades. Other traditions include posting riddles on the lanterns for people to decipher. The dragon or lion dance often accompanies the festivities and delicious rice dumplings are eaten on the day.
The Chinese Shadow Play
Growing up in the US, most people have seen at least one puppet show. But, in China, a child would instead see something called a shadow play. It is a similar idea to what we call a puppet show. But, instead, shadows of characters are made behind a back-lit curtain.
Shadow plays began in the Song Dynasty (960 AD -1279 AD). These plays are said to have contributed to modern day films and cartoons. Today, shadow plays are shown in museums and as a traditional form of entertainment.