For the first time, the Lantern Light festival came to Melbourne from China, paying homage to the Chinese love of lights. As a tradition in China, lanterns symbolise a source of happiness and joy. The four-day-long Light up Melbourne Festival illuminated Birrarung Marr, where it was held from April 6-9.
The festival included lion dancing; a giant Eternal Dragon, which was the centrepiece of the event that symbolises good fortune, strength and nobility; 80 varieties of food stalls; games; entertainment; and more themes of lantern light that mesmerised the audience. Organisers say the Light up Melbourne Festival will continue in coming years after a successful debut.
Sahar Foladi was there.