Sunday, February 22, 2015

Chinese Lantern Festival

Penny and I heard about this festival for the first time this year. We decided we had to check it out. It was a little pricey, 15$ admission. It's in a park in Peoria, Rio Vista and we had to park probably at least 3/4 of a mile away. But it was fun and interesting to check out. These two Pandas were available for photos. Penny is the one on the right.

This pond had lit cranes and water lilies.

 Lots of origami cranes
And Panda piggy banks.

You can see how big these "lanterns" are.

 Some of the entertainment
This was all about the Chinese new year. This is the money tree. I need one of these.

This was the god of prosperity.

 The god of happiness
The god of longevity

This guy brings sons to homes who don't have one.

The seven horses have to do with agriculture and harvest.

  Peking Opera mask.
A bunch of musicians.

 The tiger's light was out.

 Snow white and the seven dwarves had a definite Asian look.

this guy looked like Pinocchio instead of a dwarf.

Double white elephants bring good luck.

The flower fairy

The goldfish bring wealth.

The monkey king.

Tae Kwan Do demonstration.

The god of wealth.

The wishing tree. You could write a wish and tie it to the tree.

 A mah jong demonstration. The guy in the jacket was working hard at understanding what was going on.

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