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Put your lanterns out!

By September 27, 2021October 8th, 2021No Comments

Calling all locals to help celebrate our Swiss Italian Festa!
The children’s lantern parade has been a longstanding and loved part of the Festa. This year we’re celebrating the idea of the lantern parade in a CoVID-safe way.

As we can’t have a parade, we’re inviting everyone to ‘put your lanterns out’ throughout the Hepburn Shire to keep the lantern tradition alive.

  • Make or buy a lantern. Any lantern will work, be it fancy, simple, metal, paper or even a glass jar. Make it a family project and make one each.
  • Light your lantern. Put a tea light, electronic candle, battery or a string of lights (whatever is safest for your particular lantern) in your lantern – we want to see it!
  • Hang up your lantern at dusk on Saturday 23rd October – on your fence, on a gate, on a tree in your garden; wherever you can safely hang it for all to see.
  • Post a pic of your lantern on social media and tag #swissitalianfesta. Take a pic of the lanterns in your street as well.

We’re hoping the Festa lantern parade will return in 2022. Perhaps we’ll also have a new tradition with the lanterns displayed in front of our homes after the parade.
Here’s a link to get you started.