Charming Lantern Festival
15 Feb 2022
The Lantern Festival is also called Yuan Xiao festival which is held on the 15th of the first lunar month, marking the end of New Year celebrations.
In ancient times, the sea of lanterns in every conceivable size and shape were hung in the streets showing an atmosphere of joy on this holiday. At night, people go into the streets with a variety of lanterns under the full moon and watch the lion or dragon dances, try to solve Chinese riddles and games, enjoy typical food called Yuan Xiao and set off firecrackers.
It was also a romantic festival in ancient China, providing an opportunity for unmarried men and women to meet. All people, especially young women who hardly stepped out their houses, came out for lantern shows. Watching lanterns at night was an opportunity for young women to find a man whose appearance appealed to them.
In modern times, cities hold various Lantern Festival activities to promote traditional culture and increase the festive atmosphere. For example, the ancient customs market, handmade lanterns, paper cutting, interactive Hanfu show, Lantern Festival party program and so on.
Finally, let’s end with the special YuanXiao in the shape of Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon. Best wishes to all athletes and hoping the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is a complete success!
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