My First Time at A Lantern Festival

I asked. You all answered. So here is the highly requested weekend recap. As you all know by now I went to school in Philadelphia my freshman year of college. It was during that time when I was first introduced to the Philadelphia’s Chinese Lantern Festival hosted in Franklin Square. I’ve always had a fascination with the Chinese culture because it was just so  unique.  Each year since my freshman year of college I said I would go and see what everyone was raving about. Nevertheless,  I never got around to doing so until this year. When Historic Philadelphia decided to extend the festival a few more days due to countless rain dates  I knew it was meant for me to go. So when I saw the opportunity open up, I jumped at it. On a Friday I finally took the trip back to Philadelphia to see the festival and here’s a recap of what happened.

When you walk through the entrance of  festival you are greeted with the “Goldfish Tunnel”. Which I thought was pretty ironic.  It was like they knew you were going to have a reel fun time! Get it? I’m sorry about that. I just love love love puns. Anyway, the tunnel glows in bright orange, red, and has yellow undertones. As you  look around you are suddenly immersed in so many beautiful lights, designs, and lanterns. It was like nothing like I expected. All for a low cost of only $18.00.

The PCLF is a 10/10 would recommend. It’s a great place to be in the summer with your friends or S.O. It can be perfect for date night or a girl’s night out. It’s a place that can accommodate all ages.  If you live near Philadelphia I would definitely suggest that you go to  Franklin Square and see the Lantern Festival at least once.  The highlight moment while there was just seeing everyone face light up. For me, just seeing everyone’s reactions and the oohs and ahhhs of it all was great. Collectively, we  were all appreciating  our time there.Everyone wanted to  freeze the moment. So many pictures were taken to  capture all the memories.

Here’s some of my favorite photos I took while being there:

When I go to places I’m  always  asked the question of whether I would go back. The answer to the question is YES YES YES. I think seeing the lantern designs will never get old because they are always coming up with new creations each year. It’s such a great atmosphere to be in as well. When your done at the festival you can take a stroll through Chinatown and be surrounded by Asian culture. Walk around and explore or grab a bite to eat!

Until next time! Talk soon.🦉

Love Owlways,

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