Every year the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles celebrates the ancient Chinese tradition of the wish lantern festival.
This year the celebration was held on the 5 March from 12 noon until 7 p.m. This celebration has turned into a beloved tradition for the Chinese
American community. Every year the festival spotlights a traditional street fair with mesmerizing lantern displays, acrobatics, lion dances, exciting musical performances and craft boots. At the end of the day, the biggest event takes place – a spirited lantern parade. All the dancers and the performers march around the park and the children and their families are more than welcome to join them. The craft boots are an amazing opportunity for the people to learn how to hand make a lantern or to paint their faces in the Chinese opera style, they can practice paper cutting, Chinese calligraphy and Origami. Every year there is a new feature added to the event so it keeps the interest of the returning visitors and the new ones live and fresh. The Chinese American Museum strives to make this jubilant festival not only entertaining, but also educating. People can actually learn a lot about the Chinese history and their many wonderful traditions and customs. Everyone can take part in making and hanging the extraordinary lanterns as they make a wish for a better year.
You can also do that, even if you cannot visit the CAM event – launch a wish lantern and write your good blessings on it.