I’ve always wanted to create a lantern, especially with my children but have never felt creative enough. So glad that CDF is helping with that and promoting lantern making as a traditional skill worth honing.
Way to fulfill the mandate CDF!
The December festivals are a series of traditional and historical festivals which bring Saint Lucians together in the spirit of community through artistic creativity with the use of light – a symbol of rebirth. One of the highlights of the December Festivals is the Lantern Festival – a unique and extravagant expression of creativity through lanterns.
Since 1993 the lantern workshops have given participants an opportunity to acquire the skills required to create exquisite lanterns from the simplest of materials and to be part of an age old tradition.
The initiative was started by Julian Calderon and Cedric George, through the Ministry of Education and Culture, who visited schools and engaged students creatively. Today, the workshops have moved into the wider community and encourage participation from people of all ages who wish to express themselves through this traditional art form.
This year, five venues have been identified and the sessions began on Saturday November 7th and continue every Saturday during the month of November, until the 28th.
We should be quite ready to enter the Lantern Festival on December 5th.