December 21 – also known Winter Solstice – is the shortest day of the year, and a local Vancouver group is once again celebrating the occasion.
For the 23rd year in a row, the Secret Lantern Society will mark the occasion with a series of celebrations throughout the city.
Lanterns, fire, singing, and dancing are all part of the celebration, which begins at 6 pm with lantern processions in different neighbourhoods, followed by multicultural performances and activities in a variety of indoor venues. This year, locations include: Yaletown, Granville Island, and Strathcona.
The event is free for families and people of all ages, but small donations are encouraged to keep the Secret Lantern Society up and running for years to come.
There are also lantern workshops and other reserved spaces available for purchase.
Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Where: Chinatown/Granville Island/Yaletown neighbourhoods
Time: 6 pm to 10 pm
Cost: Some ticketed venues; $5 donation/person gratefully accepted