Events  The Lantern Festival
05/03/201500:00 TV5MONDE


It’s a Chinese festival marking the last day of the lunar New Year. It is the last day of celebrations of the Chinese New Year.



When is it? 

It happens in the evening on the day of the first full moon of the New Year. In the ancient times, lanterns used to be made of paper with a representation of animals or plants. They are now made of plastic, but still always red to symbolize fortune.



How do people celebrate it?

  • Kids and parents go out for a walk when the night has come, carrying lanterns.
  • People eat a special “tang yuan” soup made of glutinous rice balls with a sweet red bean paste, sesame paste, or peanut butter.
  • Chinese people believe that the round shape of the balls as well as the bowls they are served in symbolize family union, and so eating the tang yuan soup will bring family happiness and good luck for the new year.


A Chinese Valentine's Day?

Before, young people would walk in the streets in order to find love, and their lanterns were symbolic of good luck and hope. Nowadays, this tradition still carries on and in China and Hong Kong, it corresponds to the equivalent of Valentines Day. 


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