On the 27th of February, join the Australia-China Friendship Society at the Beijing Gardens for the 2016 Lantern Festival. On the evening, bring your own lantern or you can purchase hand-made lanterns to light up, with donations going towards Project Hope supporting disadvantaged children in rural China. Also on the night enjoy Chinese traditional music, childrens' and adults' dance groups and martial arts performances provided by local community arts groups. The evening will finish with a shimmering Lantern Parade along the edge of Lake Burley Griffin for children to show their hand-made creations. Prizes will be awarded in several categories.
The Lantern Festival is traditionally celebrated two weeks after the Chinese New Year. Last year, over 500 people enjoyed this family friendly event celebrating Chinese culture in the stunning Beijing Gardens.
*If your children would like to attend a workshop to learn how to make a lantern themselves, visit Cook Community Hall the weekend before on Sunday 21 February between 1.30 – 3.30pm. Small children must be accompanied by a responsible adult and the cost is $3 per person. Participants should bring a ruler, pencil and cutting board.