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Spring Lantern carnivals kick off tonight at Yuen Long Stadium

The Spring Lantern Carnival at Yuen Long Stadium opens tonight (February 4), kicking off a series of Spring Lantern Carnivals orrganised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Three carnivals will be held from today until February 6 throughout the territory to celebrate the Spring Lantern Festival.

Good crowds are expected to come to the carnival tonight to enjoy the spectacular lantern displays, lantern quizzes, fortune-telling stalls, golden oldies, Chinese instrumental performances and Chinese ethnic dance performances.

Two other lantern carnivals will be held on Thursday and Friday respectively. Details are as follows:

Urban Spring Lantern Carnival
February 5 (Thursday)
7.30pm - 10.30pm
Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre

New Territories East Spring Lantern Carnival
February 6 (Friday)
7.30pm - 10.30pm
Tseung Kwan O Po Tsui Park

The carnival at Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre will also include Cantonese opera excerpts, traditional stage arts and dragon and lion dances. A seven-metre-high spectacular lantern inspired by traditional hexagonal Chinese pavilions will be on display to convery prosperity and happiness to Hong Kong people.

Apart from the carnivals, a spectacular lantern exhibition, "Glowing Legend", inspired by stories from the famous Chinese novel "Journey to the West" is now on display at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza until February 22.

Another exhibition, "Getting to Know Chinese Lanterns", is running in the Foyer of the Cultural Centre until February 19. It features the history and production of Chinese lanterns. Admission to all events is free.

Ends/Wednesday, February 4, 2004
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