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Gardens dressed for lantern festival

osmanthus lanterns

Hundreds of stunning lanterns are being strung up across the Osmanthus Gardens in Cornwall Park, Hastings, ready for the annual Lighting of the Osmanthus Gardens lantern festival, which starts tonight.

The festival, in its thirteenth year, is bigger and better than ever; over twice as much area and with more than double the number of lanterns.

The installation started on Sunday morning and is being completed today, before an official opening at 6.30pm. The festival runs for seven days, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, closing on Sunday [April 18].

The Osmanthus Gardens and the annual lantern festival celebrate Hastings' Sister City relationship with Guilin in China, a relationship that is 40 years old this year.

The gardens were developed jointly by Guilin City (which supplied a landscape designer for a year), the Hawke's Bay Chinese Association (which funded the main pavilion), and Hastings District Council. There were opened in 1996 on the 15th anniversary of the Sister City relationship.

12 April 2021

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