Things You Should Know about Lantern Festival

Authors: Go Chengdu

2019-02-18

Four Things You May not Know about the Lantern Festival.
The Lantern Festival is a traditional event in China and falls on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese Lunar Year. It was originated in the Qin Dynasty (221—207BC) and was set as the Lantern Festival by Emperor Wen (202—157BC) of the Han Dynasty (202BC—220AD). Eating sweet sticky rice dumplings, going to the lantern shows and guessing riddles are folk customs on the day.
Eat Sweet Sticky Rice Dumplings
Sweet sticky rice dumpling is called Tang Yuan ("汤圆"in Chinese) by people living in southern China while it is called Yuan Xiao ("元宵" in Chinese) by those in the country's north, but the processes of making the food are quite different.
Guess Lantern Riddles
"Guessing lantern riddles" is an essential part of the Festival. People write riddles on pieces of paper and post them on the lanterns. If visitors have solutions to these riddles, they can pull the paper out and check their answers. A little gift will be provided for the right answers.
Enjoy a Lantern Show
The biggest attraction of the Lantern Festival is the sea of lanterns in every conceivable size and shape. At night, people go into the streets with a variety of lanterns under the full moon and try the riddles, play games, enjoy food and set off firecrackers. A fun activity for families.
Watch Electronic Fireworks
The year's electronic fireworks shows will be on the night of 2019 Lantern Festival at several sites around Chengdu, including Sichuan TV Tower in the eastern downtown, which stands 339 meters tall to make itself a very spectacular landmark of the city.

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