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2016 Lantern Festival

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The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the night of the first full moon in the Chinese calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.
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2016 Lantern Festival

2016 Lantern Festival

The lanterns displayed in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall Lobby celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival, which commemorates the end of the Lunar New Year.

The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the night of the first full moon in the Chinese calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.

2016, Year Of The Monkey

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2016, Year Of The Monkey

Pacific Symphony joins with South Coast Chinese Cultural Association/Irvine Chinese School to celebrate the Lunar New Year and this important cultural event by hosting a free, family- friendly Lantern Festival on Feb. 20, 3–6 p.m. (before Turandot) in the concert hall lobby.

Shanghai-YuGarden-Lantern Festival-2012

Shanghai-YuGarden-Lantern Festival-2012

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Event

The event features music, dance, art activities, riddles and food, and is open to the public.

The lanterns on display were curated by artist and curator Trinh Mai and include lanterns created by Irvine Chinese School students as well as seniors from Nguoi Viet who are part of the Bowers Museum Treasures program.

This event is made possible through the generous support of The James Irvine Foundation.

Performances and Activities

February 20, 3 – 6 p.m. in the concert hall lobby (before “Turandot”)

Lantern Festival Performances and Activities:

• Dragon Dance

• Chinese Folk Dance

• Chinese Instrument Performances

• Chinese Adult Chorus

• Pacific Symphony String Quartet

• Pacific Symphony Youth Quartet

• Lantern making with Bowers Museum

• Riddles

• Photo booth

• Chinese paper cutting

• Food

• Lantern parade

Chinese Lion Costume

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Chinese Lion Costume

Co-hosted with the Irvine Chinese School and presented in cooperation with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, this event is made possible through the generous support of the James Irvine Foundation.