In the Philippines, during the Festival of Lights, the traditional bamboo and paper parol (puh-roll). or star lantern symbolizes the victory of light over darkness as well as hope and goodwill. All throughout the festival season, star-shaped lanterns can be seen hanging outside homes and along the streets of cities and small provincial towns, farms and fishing villages. Around Manila, parols made of Capiz shell or plastic illuminate the city. One of the most spectacular sights can be seen in the city of San Fernando where 20-foot tall parols with flashing lights are paraded through the streets on truck beds.
The first parol was inspired by chines lanterns and the Mexican pinatas brought by missionaries to the Philippines. Bamboo reeds formed the star, which was then covered with Japanese rice paper and illuminated from within by a candle.
Saturday, May 19th from 10:30am - 3pm.
This is a make and take for all ages, 4 to adult.
$5 for non-members, free to members
Instructor's: Molly Frisby and Liz Dueck
**Make and Take is a come and go event. No registration needed.