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    Lantern Festival Customs at YWIS Rizhao

    School News

    11 Feb, 2017

    10 : 00

    • Falling on the 15th day of the first lunar month, Lantern Festival is the first significant feast after Chinese New Year. As early as the Western Han Dynasty, it had become a festival with great significance. The Lantern Festival of 2017 falls on February 11, Saturday. With a history of over 2,000 years, various traditional customs and activities are held during Lantern Festival that appeal to people of different ages.

      Guessing Lantern Riddles
      As riddle “guessing” is interesting and full of wisdom, it has become popular for people. Lantern owners write riddles on a piece of paper and post them on the lanterns. If one has an answer, he can pull the paper out and go to the lantern owners to check their answer. If his answer is right, he will get a little gift. The Lower Primary students also made their own lantern with riddles. After school, they took their lanterns with riddles home and enjoyed the game with their families.

      Eating Tang Yuan
      To symbolise wholeness and togetherness, eating the ball-shaped tang yuan on the Lantern Festival is a way for Chinese people to express their best wishes for their family and their future lives. With the help of teachers, the Lower Primary students cooked tang yuan in their Chinese Culture class and shared it with Upper Primary students and staff.

      Lion/Dragon Dance
      During the day of the Festival, performances such as a dragon lantern dance, a lion dance, a yangge dance or other traditional dances will be staged on the streets. Styles may be different from place to place, but the idea remains unchanged: pray for ultimate courage and strength for the coming year. The students of YWIS Rizhao also experienced and performed the dragon dance in Chinese New Year performance.

      Watching Lanterns
      Lighting and appreciating lanterns is the main activity of the Festival. Today, lanterns of various shapes and sizes are hung in the streets or parks, attracting countless visitors. Excited children will hold self-made or bought lanterns to stroll on the streets. In Rizhao this year, the students can go to Wan Ping Kou Scenic Spot with parents to see the various lanterns.