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Traditional Activities on Chinese Lantern Festival - Beijing Travel Guide

As widely known, the Spring Festival is the most important festival in China and it lasts until the Lantern Festival – on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. What do you know about the Lantern Festival in China? Are you interested in how Chinese people celebrate this traditional festival? Let me show you:

Sweet Dumplings for Lantern Festival

First of all, on the day of Lantern Festival, all Chinese people eat sweet dumplings. Sweet dumplings are made of glutinous rice flour packet into round shape. Usually people filling them with sugar, rose, sesame, bean soup, walnuts, nuts, jujube, etc. The cooking methods are also different according to different customs, such as boiled, fried and steam. And no matter which way you cook, or which flavor you prefer, eating sweet dumplings mean the good luck in New Year.

The next, during the period of Lantern Festival, Chinese people usually hold the traditional activities such as Chinese lantern riddles, enjoy the festive lanterns and the take part in the excellent dragon dance.

Lantern Riddles

Lantern riddles is a unique civic form of ethnic style in China and this traditional activity began to spread since the ancient times. During the Lantern Festival, on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, each household hang the lanterns, setting off fireworks. Later, there was someone wrote the riddles on slips of paper, paste in the bright lights of the lanterns for people to guess. Since the riddles could enlighten wisdom and cater to the festive atmosphere, so the large number of people took part in the activity and response, and then this gradually became the indispensable program of the Lantern Festival.

Enjoy the lanterns is another traditional activity for the festival. This custom began from the Han Dynasty and lasts for thousand years until now. Lantern festival unprecedented developed in Tang Dynasty. At that time, the capital city Chang'an has a population of one million and it reached the world's largest urban affluent society. Under the personal initiative of the emperor, lantern festival became more and more luxurious. In the middle period of the Tang Dynasty, it has developed into a universal carnival. Nowadays, in the evening of the Lantern Festival, you will find bright lanterns shining along every street in China. And there usually hold large scale of lantern exhibitions in the big park for citizens to enjoy the unique shaped and colorful lanterns.