Thousands gathered to bask in the warm glow of handpainted lanterns on Friday evening, marking a successful start to the inaugural Chinatown BIA Lantern Festival.
The festival was held on September 9, as a celebration of the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.
“It is time that we can actually admire the moon, the lights, and we celebrate with mooncake, tea, and family getting together,” said Grace Su, Chairperson for the Chinatown BIA.
“That’s been part of the culture for thousands of years, so lanterns are a significant symbol of what this festival is about.”
She said that the BIA held the festival this year, after a delay caused by pandemic related issues in 2021.
Many of the lanterns this year were hand painted by members of the public in August, during the Chinatown Street Festival.
“We just want to have a festival that we can actually celebrate our culture at the nighttime.”
The Chinatown BIA is planning on making the festival an annual event.
Photos from the inaugural Chinatown BIA Lantern Festival