2017.02.10 - 2017.02.11
The Lantern Festival, a traditional festival in China, falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month. A theme gala to celebrate the event will be held on Feb. 10th and 11th at the Huanhuaxi Park, where colorful activities, including guessing lantern riddles, crossword puzzle for Chinese couplets, folk art painting show and photographic exhibition, will be staged.
The Chinese couplet, called Yinglian (楹联) or Duilian (对联) in Chinese, is a pair of lines adhering to certain rules. Consisting of the first and second lines and sometimes a horizontal piece, it is usually posted on the right and left sides and top of front doors or hung in the home. The two lines have a one-to-one correspondence in their metrical length, and each pair of characters must have certain corresponding properties. A special, widely seen type of couplet is the spring couplet (Chunlian, 春联, in Chinese), used as a New Year's decoration that expresses happiness and hopeful thoughts. It is said the earliest couplet in China was written by Meng Chang (919–965), the second emperor of Later Shu (933–966) during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period (907–960). Chengdu (once the capital of Later Shu) is called the hometown of Chinese couplet.