Sibu is the venue for the 1st Borneo Lantern Festival jointly organized by Sibu Municipal Council (SMC), United Chinese Association, Sibu, Tua Pek Kong Temple and Sibu Kutien Association.
7,000 colourful lanterns had been put up to decorate the streets from the Tua Pek Kong Temple to Sibu Gateway.The lanterns are displayed in the form of a giant dragon with its head installed at the Tua Pek Kong Temple and the tail at Sibu Gateway
A ceremony to "light up" the dragon was held on the evening of September 25 to mark the begining of the 10-day festival which was organized in conjunction with the Mid Autumn Festival. Among the dignitaries presented at the ceremony were Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh, Datuk Robert Lau, YB Awang Beemee, YB Vincent Goh and Mr. Daniel Ngieng.
On the evening of October 3, at least 6,000 more lanterns will be given away free of charge by the organizers during a cultural show which will be staged at Sibu Gateway. It is expected that several thousand people will turn up to watch the show.
In conjunction with the lantern festival,The Photographic Society of Sibu is also organizing a photography contest open for all interested Malaysian.Photos for the contest must be original and taken between September 25 to October 6 specifically on the lantern festival in Sibu.Cash prizes totalling RM2,000 will be up for grabs.