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.
|Official name||Yuanxiao Festival(元宵节)|
|Also called||Shangyuan Festival(上元节)
|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|