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Culture Insider: 7 things you may not know about Lantern Festival (2)

(Chinadaily.com.cn)    14:56, February 11, 2017

Culture Insider: 7 things you may not know about Lantern Festival

Visitors take a selfie at a lantern show in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province, Feb 8, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

A sea of lanterns

The biggest attraction of the Lantern Festival is the sea of lanterns in every conceivable size and shape. Chinese started to celebrate the Lantern Festival during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-221 AD), and then it became popular during the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. This is a festival for people to have fun. At night, people go into the streets with a variety of lanterns under the full moon and watch the lion or dragon dance, try to solve Chinese riddles and play games, enjoy typical food called Yuan Xiao and set off firecrackers. There is really a lot of fun for the young and the old.


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