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Carnival at Fanling celebrates Spring Lantern Festival

A Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department was held on the eve of Spring Lantern Festival (February 22) at Fanling Park to celebrate Chinese Valentine's Day.

Electronic firecrackers were set off during the opening ceremony adding festive atmosphere to the carnival. A spectacular lantern display featuring a seven-metre high lantern sheltering a couple of lovers filled the carnival with romance. Another lantern "Blessings from the Nine Dragons" depicted the nine sons of the Dragon in Chinese mythology. Each of the Dragon's sons was assigned a special duty to ensure the prosperity of the human world and bring good fortune to mankind.

Stage performances included lion dancing, Chinese ethnic and traditional dance performances, golden oldies and traditional Chinese magic and acrobatics. Carnival-goers also enjoyed the Chinese comic talk show in which performers told stories about the Lunar New Year Lantern Festival. The carnival was complete with the popular lantern quiz, fortune-telling and nostalgic games.

Another lantern carnival will be held tomorrow (February 23) from 7.30pm to 10.30pm at Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre to celebrate the Spring Lantern Festival. The carnival will showcase a variety of programmes including a Chinese instrumental concert, Chinese ethnic dance performance, golden oldies, Cantonese opera excerpts, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and roving entertainment.

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 display, 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 of 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: .

Ends/Tuesday, February 22, 2005
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