This November through the holidays, the Pomona Fairplex will host The Hanart Culture Chinese Lantern Festival! Premiering for the first time in Southern California, this multicultural event will be held every Thursday – Sunday for eight weeks, from November 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (plus holiday). The evening skies will become ablaze with the color and light of over 1,000 handcrafted lanterns at the Glade, Picnic Hill and Lagoon. This year’s theme, “The Wild,” features five different locations – America, Oceania, Asia, Antarctica and Africa – and will showcase lanterns representing wild animals from each region including cheetahs, panda bears, jellyfish, majestic cranes, lions, and even dinosaurs. These impressive lanterns range in size from 12 – 23 feet tall. This visually stunning display combines art, tradition, and culture, creating opportunities for alluring photographs and wonderful memories. The festival will also feature food, Kung Fu shows and demonstrations, and shadow play. Guests will also be able to shop the craft marketplace where authentic Chinese jewelry, artifacts, dough figurines, as well as Chinese embroidery art, sugar art, paper-cut and fabric art will be available for purchase.
History of Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival is one of China’s most traditional celebrations with the art of Chinese lantern making dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.). “These gorgeous lanterns have evolved through the centuries, from when they were used for lighting, to an art form all their own. Chinese lanterns are a cherished part of festivals and celebrations world-wide and we are proud to bring the Hanart Culture Chinese Lantern Festival to Southern California,” said George Zhao, president of Hanart Culture. A lantern’s construction will vary according to its purpose. From the finest silk or glass over the best wood used in Palaces, to the red gauze stretched over bamboo in the more traditional red lanterns recognized around the globe. Shadow-picture lanterns use a paper wheel inside which turns when heated, creating moving pictures around the outside of the lantern. Today, these lanterns are made of modern materials and technology with brilliantly lit colored LED light bulbs, musical enhancements and sound effects, and visual moving parts to create larger-than-life imaginative shapes. Furthermore, four ceramic elephants made of 3,200 kitchen utensils such as dishes, bowls, spoons and wine cups will be on display.
Hanart Chinese Lantern Festival
Thursdays – Sundays
November 15, 2018 to January 6, 2019 (Including Holidays)
5:30 pm-10:00 pm
Fairplex at Pomona
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
From $13 to $21. Please check online calendar for exact pricing. Children 3 and under admitted at no charge with parents or adult supervisor. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL >> Save up to $10 per ticket when purchasing before November 8th. www.chineselanternfestival.com/tickets
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