Zigong has long history of holding lantern shows. Since 1964 when lantern show was restored, the new generation of lantern craftsmen have succeeded to carry forward the national culture to revitalize lantern art and brought in a wider perspective for the development of Zigong Lantern Festival. The scene of show grows larger, the lantern making technique becomes exquisite, individual lanterns develop group lanterns or lantern sets, static lamps evolve kinetic lanterns and lantern show layout is managed from plane to tridimension. The modern Zigong Lantern Festival decorated as fiery trees and silver flowers and as brilliant as the Milk Way has been turned into an unprecedented development stage.
The Lantern Festival exceed the limit of Sichuan Basin and display lantern show abroad, it reveals the powerful vitality of excellent traditional Chinese culture and builds up a new bridge for the old salt capital to approach the world.
It has become the principle of the constantly developed Zigong Lantern Festival “to utilize lantern show as media to make more friends and revitalize local economy; to take lantern show as the glory to inspire the local people to construct a better Zigong”. Since 1987, Zigong International Dinosaur Lantern Festivals that were held all through the ages in Zigong and the lantern shows held both home and abroad have insisted on the integration of lantern show and trade. Undoubtedly speaking, it played a positive role in acceleration of the economic development of Zigong.
Digest of Former president Comrade Jiang Zemin’s speech at the national conference of foreign publicity in 1990 – “In recent years, many cities have utilized the integration of culture and economy to make foreign publicity. The International Kite Festival in Weifang and the Dinosaur Lantern Festival in Zigong set up the successful examples.”
After the speech, the Lantern Festival more and more exhibited in different regions and countries, and more and more celebrities enjoyed lantern show in the Lantern Festival.