Today’s Holiday: Lantern Festival (Yuan Hsiao Chieh)

Today’s Holiday:
Lantern Festival (Yuan Hsiao Chieh)

The Lantern Festival is a festival of lights that ends the Chinese New Year celebrations and marks the first full moon of the new lunar year. On the night of the festival, the streets are bright with both lanterns and streamers, and people go out in throngs to see the displays. Other customs include eating round, stuffed dumplings and solving “lantern riddles”—riddles that are written on pieces of paper and stuck to the lanterns. In many areas, children parade with lanterns of all shapes and sizes. More…:

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