2012 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – December 21, 2012
The dance of the sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit, expressed through art and music, throughout the ages. Honouring many cultural traditions, the annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the longest night of the year with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music, and dancing.
On December 21st come celebrate the return of the sun with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in five Vancouver neighbourhoods. These five little festivals are community-based and reflect the unique nature of each neighbourhood. Intimate and accessible, each invites participation and each holds special attractions.
The event begins at 6:00pm with lantern processions in each neighbourhood followed by multicultural performances and activities in a variety of indoor venues. These include: the Eastside (Britannia Community Centre, 3 neighbourhood homes) Yaletown (Roundhouse Community Centre, the Gathering Place), Granville Island (False Creek Community Centre, Performance Works), S.E. False Creek (NEW since 2010, Creekside Community Centre) and Strathcona/Chinatown (Strathcona Community Centre, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden).
Labyrinth Of Light
The labyrinth has long been used for meditation, prayer and sites of ritual in various cultures around the world. Created with over 700 pure beeswax candles, the winter solstice labyrinth invites you to warm yourself in a self-guided ceremony intended to help release old attachments and envision new possibilities as the darkest night of the year births a new season.
19th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
Date: Friday, December 21, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Photo: Secret Lantern