Third Lantern Festival celebrates traditions and community

The U.S. Eastern Kung Fu Federation performed a lion dance at the Lantern Festival on Sept. 10 at the Chinatown Gate. (Image courtesy of Eva Loh.) 美東國術會為燈籠聯歡夜帶來了精彩的舞獅表演。(圖片由羅妍樺攝。)

The U.S. Eastern Kung Fu Federation performed a lion dance at the Lantern Festival on Sept. 10 at the Chinatown Gate. (Image courtesy of Eva Loh.)

The third annual Lantern Festival was hosted by Boston-based nonprofit organization Chinatown Main Street at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston’s Chinatown on Sept. 10.

Visitors walk the Chinatown streets to see the wares of Lantern Festival vendors. (Image courtesy of Eva Loh.) 華埠大街上擠滿攤位和人潮。(圖片由羅妍樺攝。)

Visitors walk the Chinatown streets to see the wares of Lantern Festival vendors. (Image courtesy of Eva Loh.)

The Lantern Festival started with vendors near the Chinatown Gate, including arts and crafts, food, mooncakes, potted plants and souvenirs. Many families came out to enjoy the community event and watch the traditional performances.

Children gathered around the Rose Kennedy Greenway for performances. (Image courtesy of Eva Loh.) 許多小朋友聚集在羅絲甘乃迪綠道觀賞表演。(圖片由羅妍樺攝。)

Children gathered around the Rose Kennedy Greenway for performances. (Image courtesy of Eva Loh.)

The entertainment at the stage began with a performance by the Wong Family Association.

The Lantern Festival closed with a joint performance by Wong Keung and Woo Ching. (Image courtesy of Eva Loh.) 黃強武術館跟胡晴清白鶴派為活動帶來了壓軸的舞龍表演。(圖片由羅妍樺攝。)

The Lantern Festival closed with a joint performance by Wong Keung and Woo Ching. (Image courtesy of Eva Loh.)

There were more than 16 performances from the Boston Freemasons Gung Ho Athletic Club, Boston Yuanji Dance Association, Nam Pai Kung Fu Academy, Boston Chinese Folk and Classical Dance Group, Verge Dance, Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy, Malden Senior Center, Chiu Mo Kwoon kung fu school of Boston, Best Taekwondo, Calvin Chin Martial Arts, Boston Aikido, Adam Cheung Kung Fu, New England Eastern U.S. Kung-Fu Federation, Woo Ching’s White Crane Kung Fu, and Wong Keung Lion Dance. Woo Ching and Wong Keung ended the Lantern Festival with dragon and lion dances. Both adults and children were excited when Wong Keung presented a smoking dragon with confetti.

Image courtesy of Eva Loh. 圖片由羅妍樺攝。

Image courtesy of Eva Loh.

The event was a great success this year. The PlayCubes installation at the Rose Kennedy Greenway attracted more children to gather at the park for the stage performances this year. The festival raised funds for the New England National Lion Dance competition in November, while celebrating Chinese traditions with the community.

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