We arrived just after 3 pm to make sure that we had a chance to build lanterns before the supplies ran out. All you need to make a glass lantern is a glass jar, glue (mixed with water), and colourful tissue paper. You need to
- Cover the jar in glue
- Rip up tissue paper
- Stick tissue paper to glass jar, adding more glue as required
- And finish it off with another layer of glue
After making our lanterns, clever little bamboo handles were added by one of the volunteers. We noticed afterwards that tea lights were also glued to the bottom of the jars. The concept was to bring back your lantern that night and it would be lit by a volunteer for the festivities.
We didn’t stick around long, but we made our way back to Victoria Park around 9 pm to take in the evening’s celebrations. We made our way through the crowd, past the belly dancers onstage, around the baseball diamond, and up onto the hill to get a good vantage point for the fire (light) dancing show. On our way there, we stopped to take a look at some of the 500 glass lanterns that filled up the buried stream of Bennett’s Brook, as well as the larger handmade lanterns hanging above them.
Unfortunately due to a recent fire ban, the lanterns couldn’t be lit with the usual tea lights, and had to be lit up by glow sticks. The effect wasn’t ideal, but they did what they could, and the lanterns still looked great.