Lantern Festival feast for the senses
After a two-year absence the Taiwanese Lantern Festival is back in Cumberland.
"Originally it was a 10-day festival and we've shortened it to a three-day festival," says Cumberland Mayor Leslie Baird, who's on the festival organizing committee.
"It's like walking into an aquarium or the ocean. There will be lanterns above you and around you. It will be a very interesting experience."
The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 17, preceded by a live broadcast by 98.9 Jet FM, on location at the Cumberland Recreation Institute, at 2665 Dunsmuir Ave.
Free muffins, coffee and hot chocolate will be served at the opening ceremony. Admission thoughout the three-day festival is by donation.
"Also, on Saturday is the Heritage Fair, happening in support of the Lantern Festival, so the top and bottom floors of the Culture Centre are going to have exhibits and entertainment, so you can come to both events," continued Baird.
The Heritage Fair is on Saturday only, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Lantern Festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
"In the past we've had over 100 lanterns," says Baird. "The person who made the lanterns is going to be there to talk about how he did it."
Photo: Courtesy of the Cumberland Chamber of Commerce.
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