Adapting the traditional Chinese lantern festival, morphing it into a show that employs the latest technology such as lasers, holograms, fiber optics, custom developed LEDs, and a myriad of technologically advanced components.
These modern festivals blend traditional elements with the use of energy saving technology, not only saving you money, but sending an earth-friendly message as well. Events focus on the message: “One Earth for All,” (people, plants and animals) and use recycled materials such as CDs, water bottles, used glass and other waste items to create one-of-a-kind, environmental art.
Modern sets include blown glass, translucent plastics, and unique items that transmit light in innovative ways. These shows can also travel from location to location, not only saving you money, but reemphasizing environmental messaging.
Traditionally, the Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, and usually falls on some day in February or March in the Gregorian calendar. As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25), it had become a festival with great significance. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns.
In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly-simple, and only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones. In modern times, lanterns have been embellished with many complex designs. For example, lanterns are now often made in the shape of people, animals, plants and even buildings.
Festivals include a spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes. The Lantern Light festival is typically a twelve-week celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, and incredible cuisine. A tradition that started over 2,000 years ago, the lantern festival is China’s most important celebration, marking the return of spring, with the lighting of Chinese lanterns being symbolic of illuminating the future and the reunion of family.
While many people picture lanterns being released into the night sky, these enormous lanterns stay firmly on the ground. Each Chinese lantern is custom-built by Chinese artisans and typically takes four weeks and a team of thirty to complete. The lanterns appear to be three-dimensional stained glass, and are handmade from hundreds of pieces of silk cloth. Some are over 30 feet high and others are up to 300 feet long. Some can even be made from porcelain spoons, plates and cups; while others can be made from small medicine bottles filled with colored water.
The Traditional Lantern Festival is one of China’s largest and most influential folk activities. Our Lantern Festival is filled with colorful, larger-than-life illuminated installations based on the Chinese culture that celebrates the joy of family. Traditional music is choregraphed through the entire show to enrich the experience. Water vapor, smoke and fire machines are also used.
The “Lantern Festival” has become our keystone exhibit that helps organizations, governments and corporations creatively connect with the public or potential clients through an immersive and interactive experience.