BeChinatown wants to connect today’s generation with the past and provide enjoyment for generations to come. We know how crime is deterred when streets are bright, how communities come together to celebrate life when they can see their neighborhood and feel safe once more. Our idea has been in the discussion stage for sometime.
By having lanterns up year-around, the community can also celebrate another age old custom, called: The Lantern Festival which is celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, and traditionally ends the Chinese New Year period. In 2017 it falls on February 11. The Lantern Festival is often called the First Night Festival which is apropos as we envision having night markets once more in Chinatown like it once had in the past.