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Montreal Light Festival
It has been about five years since I’ve been to the Chinese Lantern Festival, and it is still a dazzling piece of eye candy that illuminates the deep night sky. This experience for me was one of the most exciting times in my life, exquisite full of drama.
I was enchanted by the array of approximately one thousand magnificently hand painted silk Chinese lanterns dancing in the still of the night. The kids loved it very much as the entire garden was illuminated by fanciful lanterns like the temple dragons animals. The Pumpkin Festival happens alongside the Lantern Festival and both in the same location.
It was quite pleasing and very pleasant for me to spend a day in the beautiful Montreal Botanical Garden just strolling through with the family. This garden is nearly 200 acres of greenhouses and pathways and beautiful greenery. These types of attraction are loved by all members of my family. This event has been the driving reason for me and my family to spend our vacations in this breathtaking city. This festival draws a lot of people from around and it will give you drama.
The life size lanterns are big and beautiful and the come in an array of vibrant colors and shapes. The silk lanterns got my little daughter’s attention. They are about a yard of fine quality silk fabric perfectly wrapped and attached to a wire frame then painted with silk dyes. These structures are not just well constructed lighting fixtures they are well thought out and constructed silk sculptures. The mythological characters of the Chinese zodiac were arranged along the pathways and floating on the pond.
This was like heaven to my daughter with all the giant silk structures. My wife was in awe and my son was missing the party that would change his status in middle high, so not all of us were captivated by the lights and attraction. It was hours of fun for my entire family except for my son, just walking and gazing at the structures and enjoying the ambiance. The lanterns lit up the night skies and it was a comfortable experience.
It was not just my son that had a problem at the festival. If you do decide to attend this festival you must do a little research on the function, like when are the best days to go and so on. My family made the mistake of attending on a Saturday night. The gates close at 9 o’clock and it might be possible you may be in the line to get in for the entire night.
When we got there, the line was almost to the border and it was surprisingly well mannered. It is a wonder how for a night at a festival you can find a line with all diversities known to man and they were so well mannered and yet it is hard to find most other places. There was plenty of restaurants with nourishments which were extremely healthy and satisfying.
My kids got real gnarly waiting in the line. We stood in line for over an hour but the wait was worth it. When we finally got in, the Lantern Festival was our, or should I say my, priority. My son took off and got separated for a couple minutes. He was fine when he returned like a prodigal son and we got the chance to check out the Pumpkin Festival.
The festival workers were so helpful to us with everything we asked them including the whereabouts of my son. They were the ones that told us the outdoor section is open for free certain hours of the evening.
The festival is one of the biggest in the world and it draws a crowd as big as it is. It is a beautiful event that should be shared with the entire family. This experience was so surreal and I am glad I got the chance to share it with my family.
There are memories of the floating pagodas shimmering on the surface of the pond fresh in my memory. It was stunning and enjoyable being a part of the magic that is the Chinese Lantern Festival. The garden is a perfect spot to enjoy a romantic evening. It is the text book place with the fairy tale ambiance to have that oh so special night and it get more beautiful in the fall.