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Lanterns for community “Light Up” Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill – Every table to decorate lanterns was jam-packed on Saturday at the Light Up Festival, but Ying Zhao and her 3-year-old son, Jayden Ren, managed to find a spot. With Jayden in her lap, Zhao helped him put paper cut-outs on a lantern. “Are you enjoying this, Jayden?” she asked, and he nodded. She turned and smiled. “He means yes,” she said. “I know there’s a lantern tradition. We just came out because it sounded like something fun to do.” This was Light Up’s first year, and the event, which took place at University Place, drew far more people than organizers expected. By the looks of it, thousands of people had come through the mall and decorated lanterns, played games, watched performers, and eaten foods from the many vendors. Huina Chen, head of the organizers of the event, estimated 10,000 people attended. Chen is the vice-chairwoman of the PTA at the Chinese School of Chapel Hill, which hosted the event. She said the idea for the event actually came from Chapel Hill Mayor …