article and photos by Mercedes Fawns
Across cultures and religions, light symbolizes many things: purity, knowledge and even faith.
In Japan, light holds significant spiritual meaning representing energy and miracles. Some of the most famous winter lights festivals in the world are held in Japan, including the Nabana No Sato festival and Kobe Luminarie Light Show. Every year millions of LED lights are strung up in beautiful patterns to bring warmth to the cold and light to the darkness.
Residents of Lethbridge and other Southern Albertan communities can now enjoy this extensive light show at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. With the support of sponsors and other community groups, as well as the City and Province, the staff at Nikka Yuko worked very hard in 2016 to bring you this array of more than 96,000 lights for the first time – allowing the organization to stay open through the winter months.
You can experience the festival of lights for yourself starting December 2, 2016 at 7 p.m. The light show runs until February 2, 2017.
Visit www.nikkayuko.com for more information on viewing dates, times and admission fees.