Festival of Light in Mold 2018

Jim, Ines, Maia and Poppy get a lantern ready

Sunday 4 February 2018, from 3.30 to 4.30pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, King Street, followed by a magical procession starting at 4.30pm from the Hall to St Mary’s Church, High Street, Mold.

February can often be a dark, quiet month after all the festivities of Christmas and New Year, but an event in the Mold calendar is set to brighten this winter month up in 2018. Come and join us for a magical Festival of Light with a procession, live music and story-telling, lantern making and refreshments.

On Sunday 4 February 2018 there will be live entertainment, including music and story-telling with refreshments, and lantern making, from 3.30 to 4.30pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, King Street, Mold CH7 1LA. Followed by a magical lantern parade, starting at 4.30pm at the Hall and wending its way up to St Mary’s Church, High Street, with Cambria Band to entertain us along the way.

Ines Reilly, one of the organizers, said “The first Festival of Light last year was very popular, so we are holding it again. Everyone is invited to take part or just to come and watch. People can bring their own lanterns, or make one during the event – all the materials that you need to make a plastic bottle lantern will be provided and there will be help on hand too. If you are bringing your own lantern please use battery operated string lights, LEDs, or a torch, no candles are allowed in the parade.

The great prize for the best lantern is a family ticket to Techniquest, all you need to do is email a photo of your fantastic lantern with your contact details to supportofficer@moldtowncouncil.org.uk by 5pm on Thursday 1 February.

We have invited local schools and community groups to make their own lanterns and come along – following the star in the procession.”

This season of the year is rich in cultural traditions such as Y Fari Lwyd, Chinese New Year, Candlemas, Mid Winter and Hen Galan, which have originated from many places and peoples and are still celebrated in Wales. The live entertainment at the Festival of Light will bring together some of the stories, myths and legends of our rich heritage and culture, with something for all ages to enjoy.

The Festival is being organised by a small group of volunteers from Cittaslow Mold, Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam and Mold Town Council, supported by Spavens Sweet Shop in Mold. The Lantern Festival is a fundraiser for events this year on the historic Bailey Hill in Mold.

The Festival of Light is free to attend and donations and sponsorship are welcome. Further details from Mold Town Council on 01352 758532, or www.cittaslowmold.co.uk

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