We offer traditional Chinese handicrafts at our lantern festivals. This is a cultural component that showcases the lifestyle and history of China’s people. Some displays are unique to the lantern festival and can’t be found elsewhere. Some of our traditional craft offerings include sugar painting, name painting, inner bottle painting, and calligraphy paintings. The ancient art of sugar painting includes painting opera figures, flowers, and animals with sugar. The end result is both edible and ornamental. Name painting combines calligraphy with vivid imagery. It looks like a painting but is actually a beautiful display of someone’s name. Inner bottle painting, also known as painting snuff bottles, involves painting beautiful figures inside transparent glass bottles. Calligraphy painting uses colored pens to decorate traditional Chinese cultural elements like lanterns, paper fans, and umbrellas. All of these artistic processes are cultural experiences in their own right.

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