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Lantern Festival, for the annual lunar January 15, is the last important festival custom in the Chinese Spring Festival.
节日摘要The Lantern Festival Abstract
In ancient Chinese customs, the Lantern Festival (Shangyuan festival), the Zhongyuan festival, the Xiayuan festival are collectively called three yuan. The Lantern Festival custom has a long process of formation, according to the general information and folk legends, the fifteenth day of the first month in the Western Han Dynasty has been paid attention to, the Han Emperor on the first day of the night in Ganquan Palace to sacrifice "Taiyi" activities, is regarded as the fifteenth day of the first month sacrifice to the gods.
节日起源 The origin of The Lantern Festival
The fifteenth day of the first lunar month is the Lantern Festival(Yuanxiao Jie), also known as the Shangyuan Festival, Lantern Night. The first lunar month is called "Yuan Yue" of the lunar calendar, the ancients called night "Xiao", so we called the fifteenth day- the Lantern Festival -Yuanxiao Jie in Chinese. The 15th day of the first lunar month is the first full moon night of the year. It is also the night which means Spring's coming back. Chinese will hold many activities to celebrate it.
节期节俗 The Customs of The Lantern
With the development of history and extension, the activities of the Lantern Festival have also expanded. In terms of the length of the festival, the Han dynasty only had one day off. To the Tang dynasty has been three days. The Song dynasty is as long as five days. The Ming dynasty is from the eighth-day lights, until the 17th night of the first month to fall lights, is the longest Lantern Festival during the Chinese history behind the Spring Festival, During the Lantern Festival, the lanterns, stalls, and bazaars would open day and night.
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