December 21, 2012. Supposedly the end of the world as we know it.
While some of my friends were preparing for impending doom, I decided to head on out to celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Lantern Festival, and shoot with my I-Phone instead of my Canon Rebel XS.
Having recently moved to Vancouver, and having never been to a lantern festival before, I decided to first volunteer with the Secret Lantern Society, not only because their name sounded awesome, but to help make said lanterns.
It was a fun event with new friends, however the walk in unusual cold did me in. I was under the weather for the days leading up to the lantern festival, but I did manage to drag myself out of bed to go to the festival.
The festival itself was rather large, with music, dances, shadow puppets, fire performances, and other performances. While I caught some of the riveting street performances, I decided to team up with photography enthusiasts and head to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden. Transported to a magical world of lanterns of all shapes and sizes, the garden took on a life of it’s own. Time flew by and before I knew it, it was time to head home, but not without fun memories of a colourfully lit night.