The Lantern Festival is cele/pated everywhere on January 15th of the lunar calendar, right after the Spring Festival.
Traditionally, the Lantern Festival is a part of the Spring Festival.
This day is always the first full moon in the lunar New Year.
Across China, people cele/pate by hanging up lanterns and festoons, attending dancing and singing performances, making “Yuan Xiao” or sweet rice dumplings and lighting fireworks.
This is also a continuation of the Spring Festival cele/pation.
On the Lantern Festival night, the moon illuminates the dark sky while many lanterns shine /pight colors on the earth.
The traditions of viewing decorative lanterns on this night began more than two thousand years ago in the Western Han Dynasty.
In the earlier times, those beautiful lanterns were only seen in the imperial palaces.
Slowly it evolved into a cele/pation on the grand scale for the ordinary folks everywhere.
A few days before the lantern festival, people begin gathering oiled paper, silk cloths, bamboo sticks and flower to make all types of lanterns.
Some people go to the lively streets to pick a personal favorite.
The lanterns sometimes come in a series about certain folklore, holiday customs, or lucky mascots.
The Lantern Festival is also a romantic holiday.
In feudal society, young girls were not allowed to go out freely.
But on the night of the Lantern Festival, they were allowed to view the lantern lights in groups.
Sometimes couples would go on dates strolling down the streets lit with lantern lights.
Today people still invite others to view lanterns together.
Across China, the Lantern Festival is cele/pated in many different styles.
In places near water, people put Lotus Lanterns in the river to let them flow down stream, carrying the loss they feel for the relatives that have passed away.
In the North, as traditional customs combined with modern science and technology, there evolved the Ice Lantern Festival.
The combination of the ice and snow with colored lights, carvings, designs, and special scenery yield a spectacular winter paradise.
The Lantern Riddle is a special word-game played by the Chinese people.
The Chinese people not only craft many types of beautiful lanterns for the others to appreciate, but also create many interesting riddles.
The traditional riddles are written on the lanterns.
Today, many people glue a slip of paper with the riddle at the bottom of the lanterns for the viewers to solve.
Those who solve the riddles correctly will receive a prize from the riddle’s creator.
Just like China’s other traditional holidays, the Lantern Festival also has its own special dish —“Yuan Xiao”, or sweet dumpling soup.
Although the sweet dumplings differ in name and recipe from the North and South, they are always made with glutinous rice flour as the outside.
The filling is usually composed of different kinds of fruit kernels and sugar.
The sweet dumplings are always round and white, as it represents the moon on the night of the Lantern Festival.
Yuanxiao is the special food for the Lantern Festival. It is believed that Yuanxiao is named after a palace maid, Yuanxiao, of Emperor Wu Di of the Han Dynasty. Yuanxiao is a kind of sweet dumpling, which is made with sticky rice flour filled with sweet stuffing. And the Festival is named after the famous dumpling. It is very easy to cook - simply dump them in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes - and eaten as a dessert.
Guessing lantern riddles
"Guessing lantern riddles"is an essential part of the Festival. Lantern owners write riddles on a piece of paper and post them on the lanterns. If visitors have solutions to the riddles, they can pull the paper out and go to the lantern owners to check their answer. If they are right, they will get a little gift. The activity emerged during people's enjoyment of lanterns in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). As riddle guessing is interesting and full of wisdom, it has become popular among all social strata.
In the daytime of the Festival, performances such as a dragon lantern dance, a lion dance, a land boat dance, a yangge dance, walking on stilts and beating drums while dancing will be staged. On the night, except for magnificent lanterns, fireworks form a beautiful scene. Most families spare some fireworks from the Spring Festival and let them off in the Lantern Festival. Some local governments will even organize a fireworks party. On the night when the first full moon enters the New Year, people become really intoxicated by the imposing fireworks and /pight moon in the sky.
festival of lanterns/Lantern Festival（灯节）
The 15th day of the 1st lunar month（正月十五）
元宵节 the Lantern Festival / Festival of Lanterns
元宵 Yuanxiao / the rice glue ball / sweet dumplings
汤圆 glutinous rice balls / glue pudding / sweet dumplings
舞龙/舞狮 lions/dragons dancing
猜灯谜 guess lantern riddles
对对联 play couplets game
赏花灯 enjoy beautiful lanterns
灯会 exhibit of lanterns
耍龙灯 dragon lantern dancing
踩高跷 walking on stilts
划旱船 land boat dancing
扭秧歌 yangko/yangge dance
打太平鼓 beating drums while dancing
腰鼓舞 drum dance
元宵庙会Lantern Festival's temple fair
彩灯庙会colored lanterns' temple fair
1.what man cannot live in a house?
2.What never asks questions but gets a lot of answers?
3.It has a head ，but no neck.It has a body，but no warmth.NO feet，but can travel?它有头，但没有脖子，有身体，但不温暖，没有脚，却能旅行。
4.What s full of holes but still holds water?
5.Which is faster, hot or cold?
6.What is it that everybody does at the same time?
7. What month do soldiers hate?
8. What kind of dog doesn t bite or bark?
5. Hot. You can catch a cold. 热更快，因为你能抓住冷(catch a cold: 感冒)
6. grow older （长大）
8.Hot dog grow older （热狗）
Wishing you peace, joy and happiness and everything all the best through Lantern .
Warm greetings and best wishes for Lantern Festival.
Thinking of you and wish you a Happy Lantern Festival.
4. 元宵节转眼又到，快乐也到! 我们向你及你的亲人们致以最美好的圣诞祝福，愿你在接下来的日子里事业兴旺，幸福美满!
It seems that Lantern Festival is here once again, and it is time again to /ping in happiness. We wish the merriest of Lantern Festival to you and your loved ones, and we wish you happiness and prosperity in the days ahead.
May Lantern Festival be filled with happiness for you.