We’re thrilled to announce that Delray Subaru has officially signed on as the Presenting Sponsor for Lantern Festival 2013! We’re asking our fans to spread the word by sharing our Saturday announcement on Facebook and in return, one lucky someone will snag some serious Morikami and Delray Subaru prizes. Here’s what’s up for grabs from yours truly:
A pair of tickets to Lantern Festival, our sure-to-sell-out fall celebration coming up Saturday, October 19
Two signature Morikami fans, water bottles, mugs, and tote bags
$10 worth of festival food and beverage tickets and $10 to spend at the Cornell Café
And Delray Subaru didn’t skimp on their end either; they’ve offered up a FREE car spa package that includes the following, whether or not you drive a Subaru:
Oil and filter change
Wash and wax
Gotten this far? It’ll take you a lot less time to enter to win! Visit our Facebook page this weekend to share our Delray Subaru sponsorship announcement and cross your fingers and toes till Monday. And if it’s not your lucky day, don’t despair: Lantern Fest giveaways will pop up till the big day right here on our blog, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (as if you needed another reason to stay in touch!)
Got your tickets yet? Lantern Fest tickets WILL sell out and prices go up in just a few short weeks. Snag yours here to play it safe, and give the ones you win to your two favorite people. However you get there, we can’t wait to celebrate with you in October!
OK, wishing on a star is a Disney theme, I know. But it is very fitting for a romantic (but not mushy) pastime at the Morikami.
From July 7-14, a bamboo tree will be in the museum lobby for visitors to decorate with their wishes written on colored paper streamers, or tanzaku, which symbolize the weaving of threads. Tanabata is a week of wishing, so to speak, for anything you want the Universe to receive. The activity is sweet and romantic if you know a bit about the back story –
Tanabata originated more than 2,000 years ago with an old Chinese tale called Kikkoden. Once there was a weaver princess named Orihime and a cow herder prince named Hikoboshi living in space. After they got together, they were playing all the time and forgot about their jobs. The king was angry at them and separated them on opposite sides of the Amanogawa River (Milky Way).
The king allowed them to meet only once a year on July 7th. This is why tanabata is also known as the star festival. It’s believed that Orihime and Hikoboshi can’t see each other if July 7th is rainy, so people pray for good weather and also make wishes for themselves.
To hang a wish is free and filled with tradition and another reason to swing by the Morikami this summer. There are so many cool stories behind Japanese traditions it makes you wonder if Walt Disney grabbed the idea of wishing on a star from another culture.