Going back to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC to AD 25), the Chinese have celebrated a Lantern Festival each year marking the declining darkness of winter.
This tradition is being continued with a modern 21st century twist, bringing the largest lantern festival ever produced to Phoenix for the first time.
So how could I not go?
The US-China Cultural and Education Foundation (UCCEF) was established in 1978, bringing together the people of these two countries to share cultural experiences.
The money raised from festivals such as this helps to promote the continuation of this Foundation.
On a perfect January evening in the Arizona desert, I marvel at the beauty on display, the craftsmanship from around the world, and the joy on the faces of couples, families, and children as we all take part in the Lights of the World festival in Chandler.

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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