Chinese traditional festival -- Lantern Festival


Release time:

2022-02-13

Lantern Festival, one of the traditional festivals in China, also known as Shangyuan Festival, Xiaozhuanyue, Yuanxi or Lantern Festival, is the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar every year.

Lantern Festival, one of China's traditional festivals, also known as Shangyuan Festival,Small first month,YuanxiorFestival of LightsThe time is the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar every year.

The first month is the first month of the lunar calendar. The ancients called "night" "night" and the 15th day of the first month is the first month of the year.Night of the full moonTherefore, the 15th day of the first month is called "Lantern Festival". According to Taoism"three yuan"The 15th day of the first month is also called" Shangyuan Festival ". The custom of the Lantern Festival has been dominated by the warm and festive custom of watching lanterns since ancient times.

The formation of the Lantern Festival has a long process, which is rooted in the folk customs of turning on the lights and praying for blessings. According to general data and folk legends, the 15th day of the first month has been paid attention to in the Western Han Dynasty, but the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month is really after the Han and Wei dynasties as a national folk festival. The rise of the custom of burning lanterns on the 15th of the first month is also related to the eastern spread of Buddhism. Buddhism flourished in the Tang Dynasty. Officials and ordinary people generally "burned lanterns to worship Buddha" on the 15th of the first month. Buddhist lights were then spread all over the people. Since the Tang Dynasty, lanterns on Lanterns have become legal. 

The Lantern Festival isChinaOne of the traditional festivals. The Lantern Festival mainly has a series of traditional folk activities such as watching lanterns, eating dumplings, guessing lantern riddles, setting off fireworks and so on. In addition, many local Lantern Festival also added dragon lanterns, lion dance, walking on stilts, rowing dry boats, twisting Yangko, playing Taiping drums and other traditional folk performances. In June 2008, the Lantern Festival was selected into the second batch of nationalintangible cultural heritage.

On February 25, 2021, it was time for yuanxiao to enjoy the moon again. Astronomical science experts remind that an hour after sunset and around midnight are good times to enjoy the moon. Astronomical forecasts show that the Lantern Festival's Lantern Festival in 2021 is "the moon is sixteen circles on the fifteenth", and the roundest moment (hope) appears at 16:17 on the 27th.