The Chinese Lantern Festival

A time for beautiful lanterns of various types. Besides the traditional round, red lanterns there are also elaborate designs, usually constructed in a similar way - with silk over a wire frame.

[640],shadow=true,start=,stop=
[320],shadow=true,start=,stop=[320],shadow=true,start=,stop=[320],shadow=true,start=,stop=

As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 25), it had become a festival of great cultural significance. The Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, which will be late February or early March in the Gregorian calendar.

In 2015, the Lantern Festival falls on March 5th. Don't miss it !

The Lantern Festival, also known as Yuanxiao Festival or Shangyuan Festival, is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar, marking the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Here's some information about this colorful and joyous festival:

History and Origins:
Ancient Roots: The origins of the Lantern Festival can be traced back over 2,000 years to the Western Han Dynasty. It has evolved over time, incorporating elements from various cultural and religious traditions.

Taoist and Buddhist Influences: Initially, the festival had Taoist roots, with people making offerings to Taiyi, the god of heaven, to pray for good fortune and avert disasters. Later, during the Tang Dynasty, it also became associated with Buddhism, as monks would light lanterns to worship the Buddha.

Customs and Traditions:
Lantern Displays: The most iconic feature of the Lantern Festival is the elaborate lantern displays. These lanterns come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, often depicting animals, flowers, mythical creatures, and scenes from Chinese folklore.

Guessing Lantern Riddles: Another popular tradition is guessing lantern riddles (???, c?i d?ngm). Riddles are written on strips of paper and attached to the lanterns. Visitors try to solve the riddles, adding an element of intellectual challenge and fun to the festivities.

Eating Yuanxiao: Yuanxiao (??), also known as tangyuan (??), are sweet glutinous rice dumplings stuffed with fillings like sesame paste, sweet bean paste, or peanuts. Eating yuanxiao symbolizes family unity and prosperity.

Dragon and Lion Dances: In some regions, dragon and lion dances are performed during the Lantern Festival, accompanied by drums, cymbals, and firecrackers. These lively performances are believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.

Modern Celebrations:
Lantern Festivals: Throughout China and in Chinese communities worldwide, Lantern Festivals are held with grand lantern displays, cultural performances, and festive activities.

Tourist Attractions: Many tourist attractions host special Lantern Festival events, featuring intricate lantern installations, performances, and culinary delights.

Family Gatherings: Like other major Chinese festivals, the Lantern Festival is a time for families to come together, share meals, and enjoy each other's company.

Innovation and Modernization: While traditional customs are still observed, the Lantern Festival has also evolved with modern technology, incorporating LED lights, laser shows, and multimedia displays into the celebrations.

Overall, the Chinese Lantern Festival is a vibrant and symbolic celebration that brings communities together to welcome the new year with light, joy, and hope for the future.

Related Videos

 

Featured Videos

Hiking the Great Wall 长城 of China in the snow
A great film of the Great Wall north of Beijing, including 'wild wall', accompanied by great music (踏古 (Ta Gu) by Lin Hai, 'Walking into Ancientry', with Chinese lute (pipa)). We [mum, dad - videographer - and son and daughter, from Singapore] hiked 3 sections of the Great Wall in winter, without any guides after studying blogs and posts by fellow hikers. All these sections are different. From the unrestored GuBeiKou Great Wall where we were the only people around, to the wonderful JinShanLing, where the climb is steep and every direction gives you good photo opportunities, to the restored MuTianYu where we hiked in heavy snowfall. We stayed at local farmhouses on both nights, dined with the locals and hitched rides to nearby bath-houses. Temperature ranged from -5 deg C (day) to -12 deg C (night). Winter daybreak is at 7am and the sky becomes dark by 5pm so one has only 10 hours of daylight, so plan your travelling and hiking schedules carefully. This once-in-a-lifetime experience was captured on video and we would like to share it with you. The feelings just can't be described - you need to experience it first hand. Take only memories, leave only footprints and kindness ... A wonderful animation combining traditional Chinese painting and dance - don't miss it ! 踏古-林海 作曲:林海 视频作者:中国传媒大学动画学院
ChengDu Pandas !
SiChuan province. Filmed at the ChengDu Panda Base and the BiFengXia Panda Base.
BeiJing City Guide
Welcome to Beijing! Discover the vibrant capital city of China, where ancient history meets modernity. Beijing, with its rich heritage, iconic landmarks, delicious cuisine, and bustling streets, promises an unforgettable journey. About Beijing Beijing, also known as Peking, is the political, cultural, and educational center of China. As one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations, Beijing has been the heart of Chinese history for centuries. Key features of Beijing include its historic hutongs (narrow alleys), ancient palaces, and temples alongside modern skyscrapers and shopping malls. The city is renowned for its role in Chinese history, serving as the capital of several dynasties. Top Attractions Forbidden City (Palace Museum): Explore the largest imperial palace complex in the world, with over 9,000 rooms filled with treasures and historical artifacts. Great Wall of China: Visit iconic sections like Badaling, Mutianyu, or Jinshanling for stunning views of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Tiananmen Square: Discover the heart of Beijing and witness the monumental Tiananmen Gate, Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, and the National Museum of China. Temple of Heaven: Experience the spiritual ambiance of this ancient temple complex where emperors once prayed for good harvests. Summer Palace: Wander through lush gardens, pavilions, and Kunming Lake at this UNESCO-listed royal retreat. Hutong Tour: Take a rickshaw ride through traditional hutongs to see local life and visit courtyard homes. 798 Art District: Explore Beijing's contemporary art scene in a former factory complex filled with galleries, studios, and cafes. Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple): Admire the impressive Tibetan-style architecture and giant Buddha statue at this active Buddhist temple. National Museum of China: Learn about Chinese history, art, and culture through extensive exhibitions. Culture and History Beijing is steeped in cultural heritage, offering a glimpse into China's ancient traditions and customs. Peking Opera: Attend a live performance of this traditional art form known for its colorful costumes, music, and storytelling. Chinese Tea Culture: Visit tea houses to sample different teas and participate in tea ceremonies. Imperial Architecture: Marvel at the architectural marvels of the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven. Traditional Festivals: Experience festive celebrations during Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Dragon Boat Festival. Beijing Cuisine: Indulge in local specialties such as Peking duck, hotpot, dumplings, and street food delicacies. Dining in Beijing Beijing offers a diverse culinary landscape, from gourmet dining to street-side snacks. Peking Duck: Savor the crispy-skinned duck at renowned restaurants like Quanjude or Da Dong. Street Food: Explore Wangfujing Snack Street for a variety of local snacks, skewers, and sweets. Hutong Restaurants: Dine in historic courtyard homes serving homestyle Beijing cuisine. Hotpot: Enjoy interactive dining with a bubbling pot of broth and fresh ingredients. Dumplings and Noodles: Try handmade jiaozi (dumplings) and la mian (hand-pulled noodles) in bustling noodle shops. Teahouses: Relax in traditional teahouses and sample regional teas paired with snacks. Shopping in Beijing Discover unique souvenirs, antiques, and modern goods in Beijing's vibrant shopping districts. Silk Market: Bargain for silk products, clothing, and accessories at this bustling market. Wangfujing Street: Shop for international brands, local goods, and Beijing-style snacks. Panjiayuan Antique Market: Browse through a vast array of antiques, ceramics, and curios. Hongqiao Pearl Market: Find pearls, jewelry, and electronics at competitive prices. Dashilar Street: Explore historic Dashilar alley for traditional handicrafts and nostalgic items. Practical Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) offer mild weather and fewer crowds. Language: Learn basic Mandarin phrases; use translation apps for communication. Currency: Use Chinese Yuan (CNY); major credit cards accepted in tourist areas. Transportation: Navigate the city with the extensive subway system, buses, taxis, and ridesharing apps. Accommodation: Choose from luxury hotels, boutique guesthouses, or budget-friendly hostels. Etiquette: Respect local customs, such as using both hands to receive items and addressing people with courtesy. Safety: Be cautious of pickpockets in crowded areas; keep valuables secure. Internet Access: Purchase a local SIM card for mobile data; free Wi-Fi available in many public places. Health and Hygiene: Carry bottled water and practice good hygiene; be aware of air quality during winter. Enjoy Your Journey in Beijing! Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, rich history, and captivating experiences that Beijing has to offer. Whether you're exploring ancient landmarks or indulging in local cuisine, Beijing promises an unforgettable journey that will leave lasting memories.
Traditional Chinese style oiled paper and bamboo umbrella
中国传统油纸伞
The Great Wall of China, from above
With YoumiTrip ...
The cherry blossoms on YuanTong Mountain, KunMing, YunNan province
The cherry blossoms in PingBa, GuiZhou ...
Why we love to live in China
Planning war on China – part 12
An example of how the western MSM (main stream media) tries to convince you of their lies (hate). The real aim is to destroy the Chinese economy. In reality, it is the viewers who are being coerced / exploited. Mind control is controlling what one 'knows'. Demonisation of the 'other' is the first act of war. All about hegemony - colonialism rebranded as 'freedom and democracy'. With Daniel Dumbrill and Brian Berletic, dissecting what you are supposed to believe ... Because truth is sacred. Ben Norton of the Moderate Rebels on Intersectional Imperialism ...
Exploring YangShuo 阳朔, GuangXi province
Bonus films - Great Wall of China trip, a glimpse of ShenZhen, and NanJing ...

Tag search ?