The Chinese Lantern Festival
The 15th Day of Chinese New Year Festival
The Lantern Festival is called Yuan-Xiao Festival in China. This is because Chinese eat Yuan-Xiao on this day. Yuan-Xiao just look and taste like Tang-Yuan (See Winter Solstice - Tang-Yuan Day) . The difference is the way they made.
The Lantern Festival is also called San-Yuan (upper period of the year) Festival in Taoism. This day is the birthday of the Heaven Officer who blesses human luck. So many people have a worship ceremony at home and some go to Taoism temple pray for luck.
Yuan-Xiao Festival is a traditional Chinese festival going back to the Han Dynasty of over 2000 years ago. There is a story about the Lantern Festival. A beautiful heavenly bird flew down a village and was killed. The God of Heaven was very anger and wanted to burn down the entire village on the 15th lunar day. One wise guy advised every family hang candle lanterns around the house, carried lantern on the street, burn fire outside to explode the firecracker at the 15th lunar night. The soldiers of the God of Heaven saw the village was on fire from the heaven, and returned back to the heaven. The village survived and people keep the lantern activity on this day every year.
Today, not too many children carry the candle lanterns on the night of 15th lunar day. But lantern displays are shown in the town center square or next to the temple. The most popular lantern is the animal symbol of the Chinese calendar year. The gods, saints and fairy of Taoism or historical figures are popular and common subjects.
Besides the lantern display, a traditional riddle games will be held in the temple. The questions are related with to the lantern displays, news or popular persons in town. When the game begins, the person who figures out the answers first, can win a price.
Lantern laser show, flying sky lantern, mass firecrackers, fireworks and music concerts are essential activities. The events continues all night long. After Lantern Festival night, people need to back to the normal life. Students will end of the winter vacation around this day.
Chinese New Year Day 2: Son-in-Law Day
Chinese New Year Day 3: Mice Wedding Day and Red-Dog Day
Chinese New Year Day 4: Welcome the God of Stove Day
Chinese New Year Day 5: God of Wealth Day, Open Business Day
Chinese New Year Day 6: Clear-Water Master Day (God of Pig Day)
Chinese New Year Day 7: The Human Day
Chinese New Year Day 8: The Completion Day
Chinese New Year Day 9: The Birthday of Jade Emperor, King of Heaven
Chinese New Year Day 10: The Eating Day
Chinese New Year Day 11: The Break Day
Chinese New Year Day 12: The Diarrhea Day
Chinese New Year Day 13: The Death Anniversary of General Kuan Yu
Chinese New Year Day 14: The Lantern Decoration Day
Chinese New Year Day 15: The Lantern Festival