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Carnival at Ko Shan celebrates Spring Lantern Festival

People tonight (February 23)enjoyed a vast Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival at Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The setting off of firecrackers during the opening ceremony further filled the carnival with festive atmosphere.

A popular spot for photo-taking was a seven-metre-high spectacular lantern "Lantern of Fortune-bringing Dragons". The lantern's design was based on the "Octagon Pavilion" in Chinese traditional architecture. The eight dragons at the corners represented fortune coming from all directions. In the middle section, the rotation of the cylindrical lantern represented endless happiness.

Other attractions included Cantonese opera excerpts by children and adult performers, Chinese instrumental concert, Chinese ethnic dance performance, golden oldies and roving entertainment. Carnival-goers also joined in the traditional lantern quiz and the popular fortune-telling corner.

Apart from the Lantern Carnival, a spectacular lantern display "A Blaze of Blessings" is now on display at Kowloon Park until March 13.

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.

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.

Ends/Wednesday, February 23, 2005

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