Spokane, WA is home to the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival for six weeks every year. Riverfront Park can be found alight with the soft glow from the giant man-made sculptures pieced together with colored glass, silk, and porcelain. The sheer size of these lanterns is mesmerizing. The Chinese dragon is one of the favorites this year, measuring at a whopping 120 feet long! This festival gives some spectacular insight into a culture that many can only hope to read about.
- FFor six weeks every year, Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington, becomes a brilliantly colored, glowing festival
- Jon Moog, Riverfront Park’s director, told Smithsonian.com that two of his favorite lanterns this year are the Chinese dragon and the porcelain pagoda.
- The lanterns themselves were built by a team of 23 electricians, designers and engineers, all from Sichuan in China.
“The lanterns themselves were built by a team of 23 electricians, designers and engineers, all from Sichuan in China.”