Chinese Lantern Festival comes back to Columbus
The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival has come back to Columbus, and it is bigger and better than ever. The festival is being held from November 17th to January 7th, every evening at the Natural Resources Park at Ohio State Expo Center. The festival includes many floats, lights, traditional Chinese food, and crafts.
The origin of the Lantern festival dates back to the Qin Dynasty in about 200 B.C, and the Ohio Lantern Festival stays true to its Chinese roots. There are 39 humongous lantern floats, including color changing dinosaurs to a 200 foot long dragon. Be sure to also check out the 35 amazing light displays that are there as well.
There is also a very wide variety of Chinese cuisine, you can get anything from chicken and rice to Chinese donuts. You can also make Chinese crafts, including Chinese calligraphy and inner bottle painting. There are also many homemade Chinese crafts that you can buy from one of the shops in the main building.
Make sure not to miss the amazing performances that come on each night. These performances include jar balancing, martial arts, contortionists, dancers, and many more. Performances are shown at 6:30 pm. and 8:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm, and 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Sophomore Nathan Churchill is happy to have experienced the event.
“It offered a wide variety of insight into Chinese mythology and culture, and was a very fun time,” Churchill explained.
The Chinese Lantern Festival is open 5:30 to 10:00 every night, even on Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s, and New Year’s Eve. The tickets are available online and at the door, $15 for adults 18 and older and $10 for children under 18. The festival is a great experience for anyone who wants to learn about Chinese culture or just have fun, so be sure to check it out.