ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

This winter, bringing the centuries long tradition, The Great Chinese Lanterns light festival returns to Lithuania. From 23 rd November until 5 th January, at the Manor of Pakruojis, visitors will get to experience a giant light sculpture park, theatrical shows, and entertainment for the little ones.

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In the largest surviving manor in Lithuania, artists from China will set up more than 30 thematic light installations. This time, the sculptures made of dozens of silk lanterns will reach 8 metres in height. The shifting world of African wildlife, a polar bear glacier, a crane island, monkeys playing in the peach trees, and a Christmas tree reminiscent of the Nutcracker tale will light up the area of the Manor. In the main square, the fabled monster Nian will remind visitors of the power of light. A giant temple and the exotic Chinese zodiac sings will prophesy success in the New Year. Visitors will also find a 3 metre high porcelain sculpture of dragon and phoenix deities.

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The Great Chinese Lanterns festival will take place on Christmas days and on the weekends throughout the holiday season, where performers from Lithuania and China will organise theatrical shows and make the lucky Chinese dragon dance. Various craftsmen from China are coming, specially, to the Manor of Pakruojis, to show off their exotic craftwork and its production up close. Visitors of the festival will enjoy a festive market, flavours of the Far East, and manor entertainment.

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This year, the little ones will find creative and educational spaces to keep them busy at the light festival. They will be able to draw Chinese lanterns themselves, stride along colour changing plates, or meet with Santa Claus in his shiny house. The first festival of The Great Chinese Lanterns in Lithuania took place last year. This extraordinary festival, organised by the Manor of Pakruojis, attracted thousands of people and became one of the busiest and most successful events in Lithuania.

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The origins of the Chinese Lanterns festivals go back more than 2000 years. This festival marks the last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Over time, the lanterns became the basis for colourful and complex design objects, and festivals like this became popular in other countries. Some say that in the 19th century, more than a few Lithuanian landlords showed special interest in Chinese culture and making connections with the Far East. This trend did not skip the owners of the Manor of Pakruojis.

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 The Great Chinese Lanterns festival is organised by the Manor of Pakruojis team together with the Chinese company Haitian Culture. During their 20 years of existence, this international company has organised the Chinese Lanterns festival in over 40 countries.

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This magical journey of light filled with Eastern exoticism and 19th century romance will begin on 23rd November and end on 5th January, and will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and also on 25-27th December. 

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Ticket price: €12 and €10 concession for children, students, and seniors. Children of 6 years and younger are admitted free of charge. Tickets bought at the office of the Manor, on arrival, will cost more.

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Attention! A ticket bought before the event does not specify the entry day and it will be valid on one chosen festival day.

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