The Grand Rapids Asian Pacific Foundation invites everyone to participate in their upcoming celebration and contest, the Filipino Lantern Festival.
As an iconic symbol of the holidays, Filipino Parols (lanterns) were originally used in the 1900s to light a path for those walking to church service. Filipino Lanterns are now a symbol of vibrancy and ingenuity.
All are invited to take part in making their very own Filipino Parols to celebrate the holidays, as well as a chance to win prizes. Lanterns can be created using any materials or by using the free ready-to-make kits provided by DGRI. Lanterns cannot have a fire element and may not exceed 36 inches by 48 inches, including the tail.
Creativity and overall presentation will be recognized as judges select two winners. A public vote via Facebook will determine a second set of first- and second-place winners, who will also win $300 and $150 gift cards from local businesses.
Families can make their Filipino Lantern at home and drop it off at 555 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, on December 19 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The lanterns will become a window display at the Grand Rapids Police Department through December 30.
To learn more, visit their Facebook page.