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Hi guys, today is the Lantern Festival, which marks the end of New Year celerbration, as well as the start of next year.

I wish you health and fortune in the year of the dog!

Okay, here’s something you might want to know about the festival:

The Lantern Festival or the Spring Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. Usually falling in February or early March on the Gregorian calendar, it marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE-CE 25), it had become a festival with great significance. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns

In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, and only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones. In modern times, lanterns have been embellished with many complex designs. For example, lanterns are now often made in the shape of animals. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones, which they will let go of the next year. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolize good fortune.

The festival acts as an Uposatha day on the Chinese calendar. In Hong Kong, Taiwan, and among Chinese communities in South East Asia, it has become identified as the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day. It should not to be confused with the Mid-Autumn Festival; which is sometimes also known as the “Lantern Festival” in locations such as Singapore and Malaysia. The Lantern Festival has also become popular in Western countries, especially in cities with a large Chinese community. In London, the Magical Lantern Festival is held annually.

Here’s a video of interesting stories of this festival as well as how people celebrate this festival:

 

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thanks 😀 for the chapter

Thank you for the translations. I wish you the best of health and happiness as well. 🙂

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All the best on your year, fellow daoist!!

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Thank for the chapters love your work

Wishing you a great year, Lord Beerblade!!

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