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LIGHTUP Celebration

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Downtown Chapel Hill, University Place, 201 Saturday, February 18th 11am-6pm

Join LIGHTUP to celebrate cultural diversity and Chinese New Year!

Light up blessing lanterns to share peace and happiness!

Walk with your family, friends and community in an unforgettable thousand-lantern parade!  

Decorate your own lantern,  enjoy dozens of FREE hands-on arts and crafts, experience a dragon dance, watch cultural performances, learn about Chinese culture in interactive workshops, taste authentic Chinese cuisine and treats,  take part in an authentic Chinese tea ceremony, play a traditional Chinese game to win a prize,  bid in our lantern auction to support public school art education.

The 2017 Chapel Hill LIGHTUP Lantern Festival is an inclusive community celebration of the Chinese New Year and of cultural diversity through sharing a variety of cultural and arts programs. LIGHTUP is inspired by the Chinese tradition of red lanterns, which are lit during Chinese New Year to symbolize good wishes for the year to come. LIGHTUP infuses the symbol of the lantern with creativity and expression. Participants are invited to decorate and then light up their lanterns with LED lights. The evening concludes with the community coming together for a parade of illuminated lanterns, ushering in an exciting New Year. Come share this celebration of peace and happiness with our community! Directions to the event.

The event will feature:

A community-wide celebration and Lantern Parade, featuring you and your very own lantern
Create-your-own lantern at booths hosted by artists
Dragon Dance workshop
More than 20 hands-on activity booths and exhibits
Chinese cultural performances, workshops and games
More than 10 booths with authentic Chinese food
Silent Lantern Auction to support local schools and students
and much more!

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