Happy Lantern Festival!

Hi! Tomorrow is Lantern Festival ( also called Chap Goh Mei), time is gone faster and no more Chinese New Year. Sigh...Oh no... (Sorry, I could not accept it ... T_T). In any case, I wish all of you Happy Lantern Festival for those who celebrate it. Of course everyone can celebrate it if you like that festival.

Hello everybody! Happy Lantern Festival! Roar~~! (Meow?)


The Lantern Festival (simplified Chinese: 元宵节; traditional Chinese: 元宵節; pinyin: Yuánxiāojié or simplified Chinese: 上元节; traditional Chinese: 上元節; pinyin: Shàngyuánjié; Vietnamese: Tết Nguyên tiêu; Hán tự: 節元宵) is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar. It is not to be confused with the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is also sometimes known as the "Lantern Festival" in locations such as Singapore, Malaysia. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns (simplified Chinese: 兔子灯; traditional Chinese: 兔子燈; pinyin: tùzidēng) and solve riddles on the lanterns (simplified Chinese: 猜灯谜; traditional Chinese: 猜燈謎; pinyin: cāidēngmí). It officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations.

In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, for 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 shapes of animals.

The Lantern Festival is also known as the Little New Year since it marks the end of the series of celebrations starting from the Chinese New Year.

In Vietnam, this festival, comes after the New Year, Tết, and is named "Tết Thượng Nguyên" or "Tết Nguyên Tiêu".

via Wikipedia - Lantern Festival
 
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