Light up your home with lanterns

An organization that puts on an annual festival in Sherbrooke is inviting all Quebecers to make lanterns to light up our spirits

Calling all creative kids – it’s time to make a lantern to light up your house and possibly win a prize.

An organization called Théâtre des Petites Lanternes is hosting its Rivers of Light lantern festival from September 25-27.  During this annual event  in Sherbrooke, the city is illuminated by hundreds of lanterns to mark the beginning of fall.

This year, Kristelle Holliday, Executive and Co-Artistic Director of Théâtre des Petites Lanternes, is inviting families from across the province to be part of the festival. The event usually includes having a parade on the streets but this year it had to be cancelled because of COVID-19. “Faced with the impossible, we have decided to seize the opportunity and create something which stays true to our vision, with a few slight tweaks. Together we want to create a wave of lanterns that brings hope and happiness,” Holliday said.

Never made a lantern before? No worries. The website has four videos about how to make a lantern, from easy to advanced.There is a smorgasbord of other information including a toolkit full of ideas on how to spread the word and getting people in your area involved. People are also invited to send in the name of their road/town and get a little virtual lantern to pop up on the interactive map on the website. Once the lantern is finished, families can place their crafted lanterns inside or outside their door or window.

Thanks to partners Destination Sherbrooke and La Fabrique Culturelle, there’s an opportunity to win some prizes. People can upload a photo of their lantern onto social media networks with the hashtags #illuminonslequebec and #lightupquebec for a chance to win a stay at a four-star hotel in Sherbrooke as well as a plethora of other goodies. They can also take part in the Lantern-Making Recipe Book Competition by sending in a photo of their completed lantern along with a step-by-step guide on how to make it. Cash awards will be given out for the winning ‘recipes’.

For more information and to register to take part, click here.