The following description was submitted by the event organizer.
Lan Su has been known for producing the biggest Lunar New Year celebration in the Pacific Northwest. The highlights of this joyous festival in town are the eight evenings of traditional lantern viewings from February 3rd to February 13th. Lan Su will again glow with hanging red lanterns and illuminated large lantern sculptures in Lake Zither. According to Elizabeth Nye, Lan Su’s executive director, this iconic Portland event was inspired by the Lantern Festival, or Yuan Xian Jie, as part of Chinese New Year traditions. The festival day falls on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year celebration and marks the arrival of spring. “It is the grand finale! Traditionally, families gather on this day to enjoy a night of glowing lanterns and festive time with their loved ones,” said Nye.
In addition to the lanterns, this year will feature the return of an illuminated dragon procession that is rarely seen by the public. This traditional celebratory performance calls for more than ten experienced dancers to manipulate a 50-foot long “dancing dragon” with long poles, to the exhilarating sounds of drums, gongs and cymbals. “We are very excited to welcome back Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team for the dragon procession. Chinese New Year is truly the time for the entire community to come together.” Nye added.