Sunday, November 18, 2018
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Lantern Festival

Lantern

The 15th day of the first lunar month is the traditional Lantern Festival - Yuanxiao. Yuanxiao comes from the fact that the first lunar month is also called the Yuan Month and xiao means night. The night of the 15th day of the first lunar month marks the appearance of the first full moon. On Lantern Festival, Chinese has the custom of enjoying lantern and eating glutious rice dumlings. These is a common saying that "Playing on Lantern Festival".

The custom of enjoying lanterns on the festival started during Han Dynasty, and has a history of more than 2,000 years. On that night, every place is decorated with lanterns and colorful streamerss and there is a busting atmosphere. As night falls, people go in crowds to enjoy colorful lanterns: palace lanterns, wall lamps, fiure lanterns, flower lanterns, revolving horse lanterns, animal lanterns, and toy lanterns, of all hues and colors, forming a sea of flickering light and color. Some lanterns have riddle on them, which encourage people to strive to be the first to find the answer.

It is also a traditional custom to eat glutinous rice dumpling at this time. As early as Song Dynasty (960 - 1279), there was such a kind of food. It is a round ball made of glutinous rice flour with a filling of sugar and kernels. When it is boiled, it is very savory, and tasty. Since it is eaten on Lantern Festival, people call it yuanxiao. Chinese hopes that everything is satisfactory, and to eat glutinous rice dumpling on the first night with a full moon in a year is to wish that family members will remain united, harmonious, happy and satisfied.

 
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