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The 15th day of the 1st lunar month is the Chinese Lantern Festival because the first lunar month is called yuan-month and in the ancient times people called night Xiao.

The 15th day is the first night to see a full moon. So the day is also called Yuan Xiao Festival in China.

According to the Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate.

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Tangyuan
Tangyuan

Tradition Chinese food to have on Lantern Festival.

Riddles
Riddles

Guessing riddles helps to make the festival more fun.

Customs
Customs

There are some other tips for you to spend a lucky festival here.

Origin

  • Lantern Festival

    Lantern Festival
  • The legend of Lantern Festival

    The legend of Lantern Festival
    Two versions of legendof Lantern Festival, which do you prefer?
  • History of Lantern Festivay

    History of Lantern Festivay
    Chinese people have started to celebrate Lantern Festival for over two thousand years.
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Lantern Festival
Official name Yuanxiao Festival(元宵节)
Also called Shangyuan Festival(上元节)
Chundeng Festival(春灯节)
Xiao Zhengyue(小正月)
Observed by Chinese, Vietnamese
Significance Marks the end of lunar New Year
Date 15th day of the 1th lunar month(lunisolar year)
2013 date February 24
2014 date February 14
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