Lights of Magnolia to feature Chinese lanterns, dragons, far more

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By Herb Frazier, unique to Charleston Currents  | Chinese lanterns will glow for 4 months commencing Nov. 15 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, illuminating America’s oldest back garden at night time for the initial time in its 343-year record.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has partnered with the Zigong Lantern Team in China to present “Lights of Magnolia: Reflections of a Cultural Exchange.” The lantern festival features custom made-developed installations of massive-scale thematically unified lanterns, a fusion of historic Chinese cultural symbols and images that represent the flora and fauna of Magnolia.

The lantern festival, the initial at any time at a general public backyard in North The usa for Zigong, spots Magnolia in a position to play a well known role in supporting Charleston’s tourism targeted visitors, reported Tom Johnson, the garden’s govt director.

Lights of Magnolia will consider attendees on a strolling tour of additional than 20 neat things to see.

“We are anticipating file-breaking attendance for this visually stimulating exhibit of stunning Chinese art that will glow in the night,” he reported. “Magnolia is frequently on the lookout for prospects to enhance the garden working experience for our guests, and I believe we’ve uncovered a special option with the Zigong Lantern Team.”

The Zigong Lantern Group, based in Zigong, China, is ranked range one internationally and regarded as the sector leader in Chinese lantern festivals about the planet.

“This is a good starting for Magnolia and the total of Charleston,” stated Meng Liu, government director of China-Overseas for China Lantern International.  “We are all enthusiastic and confident that this function will get the notice it deserves. Everyone who experiences this one of a kind celebration will keep in mind it endlessly.” 

Zigong Lantern’s hand-made, a few-dimensional sculptures will be illuminated at night through the gardens from Nov. 15 to March 15. Magnolia will open up its gates in the course of the evening to allow for attendees to perspective the colorful lantern displays erected over 9 acres of Passionate-design gardens.

The lanterns are put along a predetermined strolling route throughout the historic gardens, Liu mentioned. The design is exceptional and match Magnolia beautifully, she added.

The lanterns were built in China, transported to Charleston and assembled at Magnolia. Each and every of the displays has been installed around and all over black cypress ponds and lakes. The reflection of the lanterns on the area of the h2o will build an optical illusion that will expand their genuine size.

“Cultural Chinese lanterns began during the Eastern Han Dynasty of the Chinese Empire from 25 to 220 Ad,” said Justin Corsa, executive director of North The usa for China Lantern Worldwide. “They were being to begin with made use of as lamps and have been for Buddhist worship. The artwork of the lantern competition has been innovated around hundreds of years and is now a mixture of regular and modern-day resources with historic craftsmanship.”

Veteran journalist Herb Frazier coordinates general public relations and outreach at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.