Bringing In The New Year Pender Style

We are just back from a fabulous stay at our island home. For years we have wanted to do something memorable on New Years Eve, and this year we finally did it by going to the Lantern Festival on Pender Island, BC. We really didn’t know what to expect. We had seen the posters for the festival around the island, and a neighbor gave us a quick run down of where to park for this community event held at Magic Lake, but that was about it. To sum it up, the Lantern Festival was amazing.

Stilt-walkers at the Lantern Festival.

Stilt walkers at the Lantern Festival.

Handcrafted lanterns at the Pender Island Lantern Festival on New Year's Eve.

Handcrafted lanterns at the Pender Island Lantern Festival on New Year’s Eve.

Music, drama, and stilt walkers all lit solely by torches of fire.

Sun of Fire

This was followed by a quiet interlude of lit kayaks doing a synchronized routine on the glass smooth lake.

Lighting the lanterns.

Lantern lighting.

Ready to soar.

Lift off!

Floating lantern.

The finale, however, was stunning. The lanterns were lit. Gently one by one they sailed high into the sky, dotting the sky like golden stars. This was an unforgettable and moving sight. What a memorable way to spend New Year’s Eve.

Pender Island Lantern Festival

New Year's Eve 2012

Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival on Pender Island, BC.

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About Deb

Photographer, artist and artisan splitting time between Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. Check out my new project at www.handmade-canada.com , a site for Canadian handmades and art.
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One Response to Bringing In The New Year Pender Style

  1. What stunningly beautiful photographs of a terrific event.

    Well done!

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