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February
Cheung Chau display kicks off series of Lunar New Year lantern
carnivals
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A series of lantern carnivals presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department kicked off tonight (February 19) with the New Territories West Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival at Cheung Chau Park.

As well as a four-metre high lantern, there were three lantern displays featuring birds, animals and children. Electronic firecrackers were set off during the opening ceremony adding festive atmosphere to the carnival.

Stage performances with the support of district organisations, featured Chinese ethnic and traditional dance performances, golden oldies, Cantonese opera excerpts and operatic songs. Members of the public joined in the traditional lantern quiz, fortune-telling, and nostalgic games while roving artists filled every corner of the carnival with fun.

Two other lantern carnivals will be held on February 22 and 23. Details are as follows:

1. New Territories East Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival
February 22 (Tuesday), 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Fanling Recreation Ground
Programmes: Chinese ethnic dance performance, lion dance performance, golden oldies, talk show, drama and Chinese magic, lantern quiz, fortune-telling, nostalgic games and roving entertainment.

2. Urban Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival
February 23 (Wednesday), 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre
Programmes: Chinese instrumental concert, Chinese ethnic dance performance, golden oldies, Cantonese opera excerpts, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and roving entertainment.

A seven-metre "Lantern of Fortune-bringing Dragons" will be on display at the carnival at Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre. The lantern's design is based on the "Octagon Pavilion" in Chinese traditional architecture. The eight dragons at the corners represent fortune coming from all directions. In the middle section, the rotation of the cylindrical lantern represents endless happiness.

A spectacular lantern display entitled "A Blaze of Blessings" is now on display at Kowloon Park until March 13. Beautiful lanterns with Chinese motifs are displayed at the rooftop of the bus stop outside Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station at Nathan Road greeting members of the public.

The main lantern group, located near the Land Mark in the park, features the traditional "Communal Parade" of the Lunar New Year. Featuring a dragon dance under the direction of a silk pearl ball and parasol, the lanterns symbolise the wish to obtain the blessings from the dragon, as well as a prosperous year with a good harvest. In addition to the dragon lantern parade, there are also vivid lanterns depicting a drum dance, lion dance, bamboo-horse riding and stilt walking.

Displayed at the Land Mark are four other groups of lanterns: "Niannian Youyu" (Profusion Year after Year), "Ruyi Jixiang" (Contentment and Luck), "Sanyang Qitai" (Full Bloom of Sanyang - Heralding Peace and Brightness) and "Fugui Pingan" (Prosperity and Harmony).

Festive flowers are also displayed in the lotus pond and ever-revolving pinwheels fill the piazza with a spirit of vitality for the Lunar New Year.

For more information on the above events, please call 2591 1340 or visit the website: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/eo


Ends/Saturday, February 19, 2005
Issued at HKT 20:31

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