Lantern Night Walk 2017
People often wondered what to do at night in Ipoh, most say that there’s nothing much to do after 5pm… which is kinda true. That is why this year Ipoh Secrets will be organizing our first-ever “Lantern Night Walk 2017” (FB link)!
Explore Ipoh old town like never before, right after dark! It’ll be fun to see lanterns with all kinds of shapes and sizes walking along Kinta River and around the old town of Ipoh! This event will feature guides from Ipoh Secrets and Vloft Backpackers Hostel to lead you around, going off the beaten path!
Participants will be required to bring along their own lantern, with enough spare candles & your lighter. Lanterns can be store-bought or *DIY, it is up to you!
Things to Bring:
Your lantern, a box of candles, lighter, sense of adventure
To ensure that we’ll not be blinded, no flash/torch/LED lights allowed during the walk.
*If you want to DIY your own traditional lantern for the event? Join this workshop conducted by traditional lantern maker just around the corner! Click on the link ~here~
Back Story of Mid-Autumn Festival
Chinese communities around the globe celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival annually. The date will be set according to the traditional Chinese Lunar Calendar since the early Tang dynasty on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, usually falling in the Gregorian calendar August or September.
The festival, also referred to as the Mooncake or Lantern Festival, is traditionally observed to give thanks for a good harvest. Because the festival coincides with the day of the full moon, it is also a time for appreciating the beauty of the moon. The tradition of mooncakes, full moon-shaped pastries traditionally made with lotus seed paste, began in the reign of the Yuan dynasty (the Mongol dynasty).
Today, moon-viewing parties and lantern processions are held to celebrate the occasion, and mooncakes, now in flavors as diverse as chocolate and durian, are often enjoyed with friends and family.