Led by Asian Media Access, and collaborating with East Culture Center, Pan Asian Arts Alliance and Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, the Chinese Lantern Carnival, which is the closing ceremony for the Lunar New Year series, will be held on Feb. 5th, 2pm – 7pm at the Great Hall in Saint Paul downtown, 180 East Fifth Street, St. Paul, MN 55101.
At the Great Hall, there will be lantern making, lantern riddles, other children’s games as well as traditional Asian Lunar New Year food. Iny Asian Dance Theater and Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center’s youth dancers will be performing throughout the afternoon and evening. Games and performances will start at 2pm.
Traditionally, the lantern carnival marks the end of the Chinese New Year. This celebration is held on the night of the first full moon of the lunar New Year, symbolized as harmony, and also popularly referred to as Chinese Valentine’s Day. The main attractions are the numerous lanterns and lantern riddles.
For the final activity Chinese Lantern Carnival, starting at 6pm, 500 lanterns will be given away to guests, who will parade through downtown St Paul, from the Great Hall to the Mears Park, and hanging their lanterns to form Dragon, welcoming the Year of the Dragon.
This event is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Other major sponsors include: General Mills Foundation, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and Target Foundation. For more information, please contact Asian Media Access at 612-376-7715 or visit www.panasianartsalliance.org.