The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

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If the days are feeling shorter than usual, that’s because we’re slowly inching towards the shortest day of the year – winter solstice. Thursday, December 21 marks the start of the winter – the day with the smallest amount of daylight. Luckily, this just means that we’re getting closer and closer to summer!

To celebrate the winter solstice, Vancouver is hosting the 24th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival,Β a series of community events on Thursday, December 21, 2017, that feature food, music and fire performances at night. The festival helps to make the ‘darkest day of the year’ a bit more bright.

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The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

Lantern Festival Lights Up the Longest Night of the Year on December 21

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Vancouver 2015

The majestic labyrinth of Light
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During the winter months in Vancouver, the dark and rainy nights can become overwhelming to some. We’re still lucky to get quite a number of daylight hours during the winter season (especially on sunny days like today).

The shortest day of the year is coming up on Monday, December 21, celebrated as winter solstice, or the start of the winter season (um, what?!).

To help illuminate the night and bring some extra light into our lives, the 22nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival will be held on Monday evening. Brightening up the longest night with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music, and dancing during this free community event!

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Lantern Festival Lights Up the Longest Night of the Year on December 21