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January
Spectacular lantern showcase and exhibition held at HKCC

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To celebrate the Year of the Goat, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will hold a "Luna and Luminaire" -- Spectacular Lantern Showcase and "Getting to Know Chinese Lanterns" Exhibition at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) from today (January 25). Admission is free.

To be held at the HKCC Piazza until March 3, the "Luna and Luminaire" -- Spectacular Lantern Showcase features three sets of thematic lanterns display namely "The Narcissus Garden", "The Peony Garden" and the "Greetings from the Golden Goat". The "Getting to Know Chinese Lanterns" Exhibition at HKCC Foyer will last until February 12.

"The Narcissus Garden" features a scene of pastoral peace with narcissus in abundance, a thatched shed and a waterwheel. Some fairies are depicted dancing to a lovely tune of joy and goodwill.

Another display "The Peony Garden" features colourful and elegant peonies. In the middle of the pond, there are two peacocks standing among peonies in bloom -- a scene boding richness and prosperity. A group of fairies have descended into this Peony Garden, to play a tune of harmony and joy and wish us a successful and bright new year.

According to the Chinese zodiac, the coming year is the Year of the Goat. Lantern display "Greetings from the Golden Goat" symbolises peace, harmony and prosperity for the year ahead.

After enjoying the lantern showcase, members of the public can proceed to the HKCC Foyer to watch the exhibition "Getting to Know Chinese Lanterns" and learn more about the history and the making of Chinese lanterns. Various categories and characteristics of lanterns in different regions of China were featured. It also includes lantern riddles and photo-display of previous lantern showcases organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Enquiries on programmes details can be made on 2591 1340.

End/Saturday, January 25, 2003

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