Visitors and participants alike celebrated Asian culture Saturday at Douglas Recreation Centre.
With February being the month in which the Lunar New Year is celebrated, the second annual Lantern Festival was truly that: a festival.
Adding extra flavour to the roughly 150 hand-painted cotton paper lanterns and umbrellas that hung off strings lining along the centre's ceiling were music, dancing, and art. Orchids were also given away as door prizes.
Langley Arts Council president Rosemary Wallace, who helped organize the festival, said there was a larger turnout of visitors than there was last year.
The majority of them plan to return in 2014. "People already want to come back [to next year's event]," Wallace said.
The intention of this festival is to invite the public out to take in the multicultural event that highlights the month of the Lunar New Year for many Asian cultures; it also provides the public with the chance to view a large temporary public art display.