What is Lantern Festival?

     The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, and traditionally ends the Chinese New Year period.it is a special event which includes the lantern exhibitions, authentic snacks, kids games and performance etc.. 

what is lantern festival

     The Lantern Festival can be traced back to 2,000 years ago.In the beginning of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220), Emperor Hanmingdi was an advocate of Buddhism. He heard that some monks lit lanterns in the temples to show respect to Buddha on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Therefore, he ordered that all the temples, households, and royal palaces should light lanterns on that evening.This Buddhist custom gradually became a grand festival among the people.

     According to China’s various folk customs, people get together on the night of the Lantern Festival to celebrate with different activities.people pray for good harvest and good luck in the near future.

Traditional dancers perform lion dance during the opening of the temple fair for celebrating the Chinese New Year at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing     As China is a vast country with a long history and diverse cultures, Lantern Festival customs and activities vary regionally, including lighting and enjoying (floating, fixed, held, and flying) lanterns, appreciating the bright full moon, setting off fireworks, guessing riddles written on lanterns, eating tangyuan, lion dances, dragon dances, and walking on stilts.

Post time: Aug-17-2017