2019 Chinese Yuan-Xiao Che - Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival is Yuan-Xiao Che
Yuan-Xiao is just like Tang-Yuan . They are made of sweet rice flour into sticky glutinous balls. They can be filled in with sesame, red-bean or peanut butter paste. Usually, they are severed with sugar water. But some people still make salty Tang-Yuan.
The difference between Yuan-Xiao and Tang-Yuan is the way they are made and cooked. This is because that Chinese in different geographic area prepare the food in different way. Chinese call the one they eat on Winter Solstice Day is Tang-Yuan. The one they eat on the Lantern festival is called Yuan-Xiao. Winter Solstice is Chinese Tang-Yuan Che and the Lantern festival is Chinese Yuan-Xiao Che.
Chinese Lantern Festival - Coming Years
2020 Chinese Lantern Festival is on Saturday, February 8, 2020. 2020 is the White Rat year.
2021 Chinese Lantern Festival is on Friday, February 26, 2021. 2021 is the White Cow year.
2022 Chinese Lantern Festival is on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. 2022 is the Black Tiger year.
2023 Chinese Lantern Festival is on Sunday, February 5, 2023. 2023 is the Black Rabbit year.
2024 Chinese Lantern Festival is on Saturday, February 24, 2024. 2024 is the Green Dragon year.
Chinese Lantern Festival - History
According to Taoism, Shan-Yuan (first period of the year) Festival is the birthday of the Heaven Officer who blesses human luck. On the 15th lunar day of 7th lunar month is Chung-Yuan (middle period of the year) Festival, which is the birthday of the Hell Officer who has right to pardon ghosts. On this day, all the ghosts can leave hell to human world for food. So the 7th lunar month is called Ghost Month. Many Chinese won't get married in this month. The 15th lunar day of 10th lunar month is Xia-Yaun (last period of the year) Festival. This day is the birthday of the Water Officer who can rescue people in trouble.
On the 15th lunar day of the year, some Chinese families worship the Heaven Officer of Taoism and pray for luck at home or temple during the daytime. Traditionally, Chinese should decorate the light lanterns around the house and children carry the candle paper lantern on the street at night. It might the safety concern, not too many follow this custom today. In stead, many people will attend different activities of the Lantern Festival.
The lantern displays can be found in the town center square and temples. Usually. there is the lantern competition at the temple. Traditional lanterns are made by paper. They can make the lantern tuning around by the heat circulation from the candle inside. Today the light of the lantern is from the electricity. People like to design lantern using zodiac animals, historical figures, saint and gods of Taoism or Buddhism. Certainly, the current year's animal symbol of the Chinese calendar is most popular subject. Using the computer tool today, they can design the lantern with different movements, the different colors of light and even using the laser light with special visual and sound effects.
Chinese Lantern Display at Night
You can see the Chinese Lantern Display in USA. Some cities have Chinese Lantern Festival events during Chinese New Year. That's a good family activity for children. But you need to pay the tickets to watch.
- Dallas, Texas
- Seattle, Washington
- Alameda County, California
- Miami Dade County, Florida
- Indianapolis, Indiana
Chinese Lantern Festival - Sky Lantern
During the night of lantern festival, some people in Taiwan will fly the sky lantern by writing their wishes on the paper lantern and pray their wishes come true. Long time ago, people thought the lantern will fly up to the heaven. The god of heaven will receive their messages and will give them blessing.
There is a story for this custom. Once, a village was attacked by the pirates. When the pirate ship came, people ran to and hide in the mountain. When pirates left, some one in the town flew the sky lantern to tell people in the mountain safe to come home. It happened on the 15th lunar day in that year. Now people do the same way to depict their peace, safety and without accident. Sky Lantern in Taiwan (Video)
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