Chinese lantern festival coming to Ohio’s capital city


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lantern festival with 38 life-size displays and more than 15,000 LED lights will bring some Chinese culture to Ohio’s capital city for nearly six weeks.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2f2lFbj ) the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival begins on Friday evening at the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio Expo Center. The event runs through Jan. 2.

The festival will feature every animal on the Chinese zodiac calendar, including a dragon that’s longer than six school buses.

Organizers say colored flowers and toadstools will be at the event, along with games, food, and performances including martial arts, jar-balancing and face-changing.

Lanterns are traditionally lit on the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration in order to gain favor with the gods and yield a good harvest.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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