Friday, February 10, 2006

Lantern Festival

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Lantern Festival or Yuanxiao Jie is a traditional Chinese festival, which is fall on the 15th of the first month of the Chinese New Year. It is the last day of two week long Chinese New Year cerebration. People with their family will gather in the show place to enjoy the beautiful lanterns displayed by individuals or the local municipal. Kids will carry their own lanterns to participate in the showcase. Usually there is competition for the most beautiful lantern.This festival is also a Chinese Valentine's day that youngsters celebrate the festivals with their lovers in such beautiful and romantic evening. Lanterns are also displayed in other festivals such Mid-Autumn Festival. Lantern making has long history and there are a lot of romance stories told about lanterns and lovers related to this festival.

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Popularly referred to as Chinese Valentine's Day, this festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Based on an old Chinese tradition, flower markets, restaurants, homes and parks are filled with colourful lanterns in traditional designs. During the festival, singles gather to play matchmaking games with the lanterns, to determine who will be their lover.

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After the Lantern Festival the Land of Chinese New Year is moving on. When a land moves on there is a curious cold wind, the sun goes down and everything is cloaked in darkness. Make sure to reach the hole that leads back to the Faraway Tree before this happens.

When you return do tell us about your experiences at the Lantern Festival.


At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Susan Preston said...

I did not want to miss the Chinese Lantern festival.(Chinese Valintine festival.)I had a wonderful time,the fun,The colour in people's costumes,the excitement which was controlled but evident as they carried their precious latern creations,all so very different but adding to the Occasion.I could not deceide which was my favourite. it was just beautiful.I could hear many languages only a few I understood but that did not matter you had only to look at their beaming faces.Some of the older children had made paper boats which they watched sail away in the fading natural light. The tiney tots had begun to fall asleep as the first of the lanterns were lit.They were now dreaming of bright new tomorrow and many lanterns. A good time was had by all!

At 8:50 PM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

What a lovely piece!


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