Celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of Chinese Lunar calendar, the Lantern Festival marks the end of the most important festival of the country, the Chinese New Year. Tracing its origins all the way back to around 2000 years, the Lantern Festival has been a holding a very significant place in the cultural life of the people of China.
The highlights of the festival are various activities knitted around lanterns, which includes, lantern riddles, enjoying lanterns with different colors/shapes/designs, lion dances, dragon dances, and eating Yuanxio (a sweet round dumpling specially made for the festival). The streets, marketplaces, houses, and almost any space in all the cities are filled with lanterns. The entire dark sky brightens up with the light of many colorful and differently designed lanterns.
It also marks the beginning of spring season and is the first full moon night in the Chinese calendar. However, one interesting fact about the Lantern Festival is that, despite being a very significant part of Chinese culture and one of the most important festivals in the country, there is no public holiday provided for this festival.
|Start Time:||10:00 am|
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