Lantern Festival - A festival of reunion
Today is the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, a traditional Chinese festival that carries Chinese wishes for reunion and happiness!
What is the origin of the Lantern Festival? What are the customs and habits of the Lantern Festival? What are the poems related to the Lantern Festival? Let's take a look today!
The origin of the Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival, also known as the Shangyuan Festival or Lantern Festival, is one of the traditional Chinese festivals that falls on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month every year. The first lunar month is the first month of the lunar calendar, the ancients called "夜" as"宵", and the fifteenth day of the first month is the first full moon night of the year, so it is called the fifteenth day of the first month "Lantern Festival". The Lantern Festival is a traditional Chinese festival that existed as early as the Qin Dynasty more than 2,000 years ago.
The customs of the Lantern Festival
Eat Tang Yuan
It is a long-standing custom in China,its ingredients are different, but the meaning of eating tang yuan is the same, representing reunion and harmony, and the days are more and more prosperous.
Guess the lantern riddle
A Lantern Festival event added after the Southern Song Dynasty. Lantern riddles were first developed from riddles, which hung over lamps for people to guess, because riddles can enlighten wisdom and interest, so they are welcomed by all levels of society.
Hang colored lights
Since the formation of the custom of hanging lanterns during the Lantern Festival, it has been a major event for thousands of years to watch the lanterns on the fifteenth day of the first month. This evening, everyone stayed up all night and had a lot of fun.
It is usually done by three people, one as the lion's head, one as the lion body and hind feet, and one as the lion guide. In terms of dance methods, there is a distinction between Wen and Wu, and Wen shows the gentleness of lions, with movements such as shaking hair and rolling. The Wu shows the ferocity of the lion, with actions such as leaping, kicking high, and rolling colored balls.
Poetry of the Lantern Festival
Finally, wish everyone a happy Lantern Festival and a wonderful year of 2023!