Lantern Festival: China's most romantic traditional festival

14:17, February 26, 2010      

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The Lantern Festival is actually the most romantic traditional holiday in China, and we have those ancient Confucians to thank for that. In feudal society, young women were not allowed to go out freely, but on this day they were allowed to hang out with friends, and Lantern appreciation activities also gave them a chance to socialize. [more]

[About the Lantern Festival]

The Lantern Festival (also called Yuanxiao Festival) is on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month. It is closely related to Spring Festival.In the old days, people began preparing for the Spring Festival about 20 days before. [more]

Traditional festivals of China >>

[Traditional celebrations]

Lantern riddles and guessing games

There’s an ancient aspect to the festival that concludes the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration - the "tiger lantern" - also known as riddle guessing. [more]

Folk parade >>

The display of festive lantern >>

Eating rice glutinous balls

Besides entertainment and beautiful lanterns, another important part of the Lantern Festival,or Yuanxiao Festival is eating small dumpling balls made of glutinous rice flour. We call these balls Yuanxiao. Obviously, they get the name from the festival itself. It is said that the custom of eating Yuanxiao originated during the Eastern Jin Dynasty in the fourth centuty, then became popular during the Tang and Song periods. [more]

[This year’s Lantern Festival]

Fullest moon in 53 years set to light Lantern Festival sky

The moon for this year's Lantern Festival, January 15 on Chinese lunar calendar, will be the biggest of the Year of the Tiger, and will also the fullest moon on Lantern Festival evening since 1957. [more]

Happy Chinese Lantern Festival!

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