Yuanxiao Jieh (元宵节）， the annual Lantern Festival in China, falls on the fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar. That’s March 5, 2015. The day is the first full moon of the year. It’s an important traditional Chinese festival. It marks the end of lunar New Year. It is significant to Chinese as Christmas to Americas.
During the festival, people have many celebration activities. Chinese people like to go out at night, carrying paper lanterns, solving riddles, setting fireworks, eating Yuanxiao, etc to celebrate the festival and enjoy the fun.
In modern times, lanterns have been embellished with many complex designs. For example, lanterns are now often made in the shape of animals. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones, which they will let go of the next year. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolize good fortune.
Riddles are written on Lanterns. When the night comes, Chinese people, especially children, carry beautiful Lanterns to the temple. In modern China, many business and shops hold the “Solve Lantern Riddles” Activity and prepare prizes as an incentive for guessing the right answer.
Make And Eat Yuanxiao
Yuaoxiao (also called Tangyuan in Southern part of China) is the typical food on Lantern Festival. It’a kind of small, round dumplings made of sticky glutinous rice flour with various fillings. The name of Tangyuan symbolizes the family reunion and togetherness. Chinese people eat with their family members to pray for the happiness and good fortune in the new year.
In the early days, young Chinese people were chaperoned in the streets in hopes of finding love. Matchmakers acted busily in hopes of pairing couples. The brightest lanterns were symbolic of good luck and hope. As time has passed, the festival no longer has such implications in most of China, but it is still commercialized as the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong.
Happy Lantern Festival From ChnLove! Have a chat with your lady and wish her a sweet Lantern Festival (Yuanxiao Kuai Le in Chinese)!