Chinese traditional festival Lantern Festival

The 15th day of the first lunar month is the traditional Lantern Festival (Yuanxiao Festival in Chinese). Yuanxiao comes from the fact that the first lunar month is also called the Yuan Month and ciao means night. The night of the 15th day of the first lunar month marks the appearance of the first full moon.On the Lantern Festival, the Chinese people have the custom of enjoying lanterns and eating glutinous rice dumplings. There is a common saying that “Playing on the Lantern Festival”
The custom of enjoying lanterns on the festival started during the Han Dynasty, and has a history of more than 2 000 years. On that night, every place is decorated with lanterns and colorful streamers and there is a bustling atmosphere. As night falls, people go in crowds to enjoy colorful lanterns: palace lanterns, wall lamps,figure lanterns, flower lanterns,revolving horse lanterns, animal lanterns, and toy lanterns, of all hues and colors, forming a sea of flickering light and color. Some lanterns have riddles on them, which encourage people to strive to be the first to find the answer.
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It is also a traditional custom to eat glutinous rice dumplings at this time. As early as the Song Dynasty (960-1279), there was such a kind of food. It is a round ball made of glutinous rice flour with a filling of sugar and kernels. When it is boiled, it is very savory, and tasty. Since it is eaten on the Lantern Festival, people call it yuanxiao.
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The Chinese people hope that everything is satisfactory (yuanman in Chinese), and to eat glutinous rice dumplings on the first night with a full moon in a year is to wish that family members will remain united, harmonious, happy and satisfied.

农历正月十五,是中国民间传统的元宵节。因为正月又叫元月,正月十五的晚上是一年里的第一个月圆之夜,“宵”是“夜晚”的意思,所以,正月十五这个节日就叫元宵节。元宵节,中国人有赏灯和吃元宵的习俗。俗话说“正月十五闹花灯”,因此,元宵节也叫灯节。
元宵节赏灯的习俗是从汉朝开始的,到现在已经有2000多年的历史。元宵节这天,到处张灯结彩,热闹非常。夜晚一到,人们就成群结队的去观赏花灯。五光十色的宫灯、壁灯、人物灯、花卉灯、走马灯、动物灯、玩具灯……汇成一片灯海。有的花灯上还写有谜语,引得观灯人争先恐后地去竞猜。
元宵节吃元宵是中国人的传统习俗。早在宋朝(960-1276年),就有了这种食品了。元宵是一种用糯米粉做成的小圆球,里面包着用糖和各种果仁做成的馅,煮熟后,吃起来香甜可口。因为这种食品是在元宵节这天吃,后来人们就把它叫做元宵了。中国人希望诸事圆满,在一年开始的第一个月圆之夜吃元宵,就是希望家人团圆、和睦、幸福、圆圆满满。


Post time: Feb-14-2022