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Chinese Folk Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival or Yuanxiao Jie is an important traditional Chinese festival, which is on the 15th of the first month of the Chinese New Year. We don't celebrate the Festival in the US, except in a few Chinatowns. Fortunately there is a Chinese Folk Lantern Festival in San Francisco right now. Some highlights of the Festival will be presented in this feature. If you want to go to the Festival, please find more info at the bottom of this feature.

The Festival has tried to present some of the most famous sights in China, such as the Forbidden City, though only a glimpse of them. Of course, the majority of the exhibitions were made in the lanterns or were decorated by the lanterns. And there are also some great traditional performances by young artists from China in the Festival. Here are a few highlights.


    This lantern is an ancient cooking vessel with two loop handles and three legs, so it is usually called the tripod vessel.

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    This is a wall of lanterns.

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    This is the imperial court for the tea ceremony, which is a main spot of the Festival. Again a lot of lights and lanterns.

tea ceremony

    This is one of the nice folk dances performed in the Festival.

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    This is the imperial court dance. Look at the beautiful hats and the special shoes.

There are a lot more exhibitions in this Festival. I'll have all the photos taken from the Festival in a photo gallery soon. So come back often to view them. Here is the information about the Festival.

Location: Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf
	  San Francisco

Time: June - October, 1998

Phone number: (415) 346-1836

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