The Magic of Lanterns


August 16, 2012 - Hundreds of tiny coloured lights annually take over the Chinese Garden of the Montréal Botanical Garden. Imagine a multitude of fabulous lanterns shaped like animals and mythical figures. Designed in Montréal, these delicate fixtures are meticulously made by artisans in Shanghai, and then placed into the heart of a yin and yang inspired composition whose effects are magical! This old Chinese tradition reveals various historical aspects of Asian culture.

This year, the public is invited to the heavenly banquet of Xi Wangmu, the Queen Mother of the West, who is surrounded by figures, including the Laughing Buddha, the Goddess of Mercy, and the Jade Emperor.

Young and old alike are invited to savour a cup of Jasmine green tea and a delicious Chinese pastry as they take in these marvellous illuminated works of art, the reflections of which dance on the Garden pond. Visitors can also take home their own piece of magic by purchasing small paper Chinese lanterns at the Garden Gift Shop.

Next to the Chinese Garden, the Japanese Garden uses light and shadow to bring out foliage dressed in autumn colors and to create an atmosphere of calm and refined beauty. In the mystery of darkness, the various elements of the garden—pavilions, stone lanterns, bridges, and trails—reveal a remarkable splendor.

The 20th edition of The Magic of Lanterns runs from September 7 to November 4, 2012, at the Montréal Botanical Garden, which will extend its opening hours until 9 p.m. every evening for the event.