Festival of Magic Chinese Lanterns in Moscow

From November 29 to February 23, Sokolniki Park hosts the Festival of Magic Chinese Lanterns, that features more than 45 bright and colourful light structures.  

Picture: Festival Official Website

The inspiration for the festival was the Chinese Festival of Lanterns, which is celebrated on the last day of the two-week Chinese New Year. According to tradition, on this day in China, residents light lanterns near their homes, and in many regions of the country, there are bright lantern shows. Today this tradition has modernized: if 2000 years ago the lanterns were mainly red and decorated with hieroglyphs, now it is a celebration of colour and colours in the middle of winter.

Over 45 compositions of various subjects, luminous figures from 8 to 20 meters are located on 8 hectares in the Sokolniki park. Each figure is created by dozens of Chinese masters. All expositions are created from light-coloured silk stretched over rigid steel frames, which are equipped with a special illumination from the inside.

Special for the festival in Moscow, Chinese partners have developed new subjects of lighting designs on Russian themes: familiar to Russians characters from fairy tales of A. Pushkin, giant nesting dolls and Father Frost with Snegurochka. Many light figures are accompanied by thematic musical motifs that give the impression of a trip to a real Chinese lantern festival.

Besides, you can taste traditional Chinese cuisine, as well as see the performances of Chinese artists. From December 4 to the end of the festival, they repeat their show daily every hour. And from December 20 and throughout the holidays, festival visitors can enjoy an entertainment program from Father Frost.

Opening hours: Wednesday-Thursday – from 17:00 to 23:00; Friday-Sunday – from 16:00 to 23:00.

See more details on the Festival Official Website.

Ru-Main, 09.12.2019



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