Following rave reviews from the 2012 Lantern Festival, the Missouri Botanical Garden announced it will host another lantern festival in the summer of 2015. "Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined" will feature 22 lighted works of art from Zigong, China from May 23 to Aug. 22, 2015.
"We were overwhelmed with the reaction our 2012 Lantern Festival received and for the last two years have heard from so many people asking if another festival would ever be held," said Peter Wyse Jackson, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden. "At the same time, we have continued our botanical research in China, and feel it is fitting to highlight the growing number of botanical gardens in that country as we celebrate the continued contributions the Missouri Botanical Garden makes in science on a global scale."
Lantern festivals are a central part of Chinese culture, dating back thousands of years, according to a Missouri Botanical Garden news release. Today, lantern festivals traditionally mark the Chinese New Year, when complex and ornate lanterns fill cities. The 22 sets that will be seen during Lantern Festival 2015 will be constructed using traditional materials including silk, wire and porcelain. Each set will include interpretation detailing the design's tradition, symbolism and meaning.
Lantern Festival tickets go on sale Nov. 1, 2014. From May 23 to July 31, tickets are $22 adults, $11 members, $10 children (ages 3-12), $5 for members' children. From Aug. 1-22, tickets are $26 adults, $13 members, $10 children (ages 3-12), $5 for member's children. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to ensure they have the opportunity to see the exhibit on their preferred night. There is no additional charge to view the Lanterns during daytime hours, but special evening pricing begins at 6 p.m. on the nights the exhibit is open. Lanterns will not be lit during Whitaker Music Festival evenings.