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Chinese Lantern Festival

  • Author:Bonnie
  • Source:www.car-dvd-supplier.com
  • Release on :2015-03-05


On 6th March, Shenzhen Tingway Technology Co., LTD who manufactured the Car GPS electronics celebrated the Lantern Festival together with the International Working Women's Day. The Lantern Festival has been part of Chinese New Year celebrations since the Han Dynasty (206 BC- 221 AD). The festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar, and it marks the end of New Year festivities. 

It is said that the holiday evolved from an ancient Chinese belief that celestial spirits could be seen flying about in the light of the first full moon of the lunar calendar. To aid them in their search for the spirits they used torches. These torches gave way to lanterns of every shape, size and color. 



The Lantern Festival is also very popular referred to as the Chinese Valentine’s Day because in the ancient time, it gave girls and boys a rare chance to go out in the evening and mingle. Today, lantern festivals are held each year in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan to mark the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. Competitions are held to select the best lanterns.

During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. 



Paper lanterns
The lanterns come in all shapes and sizes. Some are created in the form of animals, insects, flowers, people or even machines or buildings. Others depict scenes from popular stories teaching filial piety and traditional values.

Lantern riddles
Part of the lantern festival tradition involves a game to guess riddles attached to the lanterns. In the old days the riddles were obscure literary allusions to the Chinese classics and so were mainly the preserve of the educated classes.

Special foods 



Like most Chinese festivals, the Lantern Festival has its own special food, called "tang yuan". These are round, glutinous rice dumplings with sweet or spicy fillings. The dumplings are said to symbolize both the first full moon and family unity and completeness.

Entertainment
Stilt-walking, drumming and dragon and lion dancing are all traditional forms of festival entertainment. In Asia, it is not uncommon to see processions of hundred-foot long dragons, lit with flashing eyes and luminous bodies, accompanied by pounding drums, cymbals and brass instruments.  



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