2006/01/02

Lantern Festival


Lantern Festival, also known as Shang Yuan Festival, takes place on the fifteenth day of the first moon. Last in a series of springtime celebrations, this "second New Year" is widely celebrated by families all around Taiwan. On the night of the festival, decorative lanterns depicting birds, beasts, historical figures, and any one of a number of different themes are carried by children or adorn temples. To highlight these glowing works of art, competitions are held . The Taipei Lantern Festival, held annually at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Plaza and the largest and most famous of these competitions, is attended every year by thousands of lantern-watchers. The Lantern Festival is further enriched by the customarylantern riddle parties that are held on this night.The night sky on Lantern Festival is also illuminated by the Tainan Yanshui Fireworks Display and Taipei Pinghsi Sky Lanterns - known together as "Fireworks in the South, Sky Lanterns in the North," as well as many other regional folk activities.
Lantern Festival is also celebrated by eating tang yuan, an important custom symbolizing family unity and indispensable to the day's festivities.
The varied festivities and customs practiced on Lantern Festival not only provide celebrants with rich entertainment, like the historical-theme lantern displays and riddles, but are also instructive, by their expression of ancient wisdom. The variety of splendid lantern features different folk art techniques, impressing these arts deep in the hearts and minds of the people.




source : http://www.gio.gov.tw/info/festival_c/index_e.htm

2 Comments:

At 1/09/2006 7:28 PM, Anonymous Pei said...

When i was young, Lantern Festival was quite a big day to me since on this day i would make the lantern by myself or simplily buy a cute lantern which lighted by bateries.Turn the light off and carry the latern seeking for the way is quite fun when i was a child. Though now i won't do such things, but still it's a special festival because the custom of eating delicious tang yuan! Lantern Festival is one of Taiwanese traditional day for it symbolize family unity.

 
At 1/09/2006 7:28 PM, Anonymous Pei said...

When i was young, Lantern Festival was quite a big day to me since on this day i would make the lantern by myself or simplily buy a cute lantern which lighted by bateries.Turn the light off and carry the latern seeking for the way is quite fun when i was a child. Though now i won't do such things, but still it's a special festival because the custom of eating delicious tang yuan! Lantern Festival is one of Taiwanese traditional day for it symbolize family unity.

 

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