annemariesblog

Author Anne Marie Lutz

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is an outdoor event with gorgeous handcrafted silk lanterns on steel frames, brilliantly lit. We were lucky enough to go on a (relatively) warm evening in December, so we were happy to wander around and not feel too cold.

Some of the figures were cartoonish animals I’m assuming were designed to appeal to kids. I didn’t care much for those, but there was quite a bit of variety, and several designs I really liked.

The pièce de résistance was this beautiful dragon. (Everyone knows I’m a fan of dragons.) In this interview in  Columbus Underground, the event manager said the dragon was built in the park, taking six artisans almost a week to complete.

Dragon at the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival

Dragon at the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival

Overhead Flower Lanterns

Overhead Flowers

African Animal Lanterns

African Animal Lanterns

There was also a display of traditional dragons made out of little glass bottles filled with colored water:

Glass-bottle dragon

Glass-bottle dragon

Little bottles filled with colored water, used to make the traditional dragons

Little bottles filled with colored water, used to make the traditional dragons

Here’s a link to the event website.

 

 

 

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