VIETLA is Pleased to Sponsor The Lantern Contest at the Mid-Autumn Festival of the City of Santa Ana

The nonprofit Vietnamese Language Access (VIETLA) is pleased to sponsor the Lantern Contest at the first-ever Mid-Autumn Festival of the City of Santa Ana. 

The festival will be held on Saturday, October 1st, 2022, at Rosita Park, 706 N. Newhope St., from 4 pm to 9 pm. The lantern contest is open to anyone under 12 years old and has total prizes of up to $1,000.

The judging panel is Santa Ana City Councilmembers, including the first Vietnamese American Councilwoman of the city, Thai Phan, who voted to bring this cultural festival to Santa Ana.

Below is information about the contest.

General rules:

  • The contest is open to ages 12 and under

  • Participant must be present to win

  • Lantern must be submitted to city staff at Salgado Community Center at 706 N. Newhope St. by 3 pm on Saturday, October 1st, 2022

  • Each participant is allowed to enter a maximum of one (1) lantern

  • Lanterns MUST be portable (i.e., must be carried by one person)

  • Lanterns MUST be designed for hanging.

  • Features MUST easily be seen by viewers

  • NO commercial or other logos should be used on lanterns

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity & Innovation: Use of imagination; Execution of concept. (25 points)

  • Effectiveness of color: Applying color in a harmonious way for balance; Blending of colors. (20 points)

  • Portability/Portrayal: Carried by one person; Structure or form depicts concept selected; Visual impact;

  • Effectiveness of lighting. (20 points)

  • Theme Concept Relevance: Understanding of the concept and how it relates to the title of the lantern. (10 points)

  • Craftsmanship: Assessment of construction; Quality of finish; Neatness. (25 points)



  • 1st Place: $500.00

  • 2nd Place: $300.00

  • 3rd Place: $200.00

In addition, VIETLA is providing three cultural performances, including drums performance, traditional Asian dance, and traditional Asian music performance for Orange County residents at the festival.


VIETLA is founded by a group of language experts who are also active community leaders in Orange County. VIETLA’s mission is to promote Vietnamese arts & culture and provide greater access to language services for people with limited English proficiency. 


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May 2024
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