The Lantern Festival, also known as the Yuanxiao Festival or the Shangyuan Festival, is one of the traditional Chinese festivals. It is typically held on the 15th day of the first lunar month, which is also the first important festival after the Chinese New Year.
There are many customs associated with the Lantern Festival, the most famous of which is the release of lanterns. People will put up colorful lights, lanterns, and lantern strings on the streets to bring beauty to the city. In addition, people also eat glutinous rice balls called “Yuanxiao” which can be either sweet or savory.
There are also many folk activities, such as lantern parades, lantern shows, lantern competitions, and lantern dance parties, to celebrate the arrival of spring and pray for peace and happiness.
Overall, the Lantern Festival is an important part of Chinese traditional culture, filled with joy and happiness, and is an excellent opportunity for people to celebrate the arrival of spring.
The Lantern Festival has a long history and its origin can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). It is said that in ancient times, people would light lanterns to ward off evil spirits and pray for a good harvest.
One of the most popular legends associated with the festival is the story of the Emperor Wu of Han, who ordered a lantern festival to be held every year to honor a wise and respected minister who had died. According to the legend, the minister’s spirit would visit the emperor every year on the 15th day of the first lunar month, and the lantern festival was held to guide the spirit back to the underworld.
Another legend is that, during the Han Dynasty, there was a young man named Yuanxiao who saved a cow from a flood and was rewarded by the gods with a magical lantern that would light the way for travelers at night. He passed the lantern on to the emperor and from then on, it became a tradition to light lanterns on the 15th day of the first lunar month to honor Yuanxiao.
Over time, the festival evolved to become a celebration of the end of the Chinese New Year and the start of the new year. Today, the Lantern Festival is celebrated all over China and has become an important part of Chinese culture and tradition.
元宵節 ＝ Chinese Lantern Festival / Shangyuan Festival
Lantern = 燈籠
湯圓: rice-flour dumpling (glutinous-flour = 糯米做的粉)
天燈： sky lantern
花燈： festive lantern ( festive 有喜慶，節慶的意思。所以節慶的氛圍可以說 festive vibe)
燈謎： lantern riddle (riddle 是謎語的意思～這個還有人在玩嗎？）
煙火：firework (所以鹽水蜂炮叫 Yanshui Beehive(蜂窩)
鞭炮：firecracker ( cracker 就是爆竹的意思)
舞龍舞獅： dragon and lion dance
傳統習俗： traditional custom
riddle 是謎語，猜燈謎則是 solve lantern riddles，直接翻譯為解答謎語。
Happy Lantern Festival
把賞燈翻譯為 enjoy lanterns。
- “Let’s go out and enjoy the Lantern Festival!” (我們出去享受元宵節吧！)
- “The lanterns are beautiful during the Lantern Festival.” (元宵節期間的燈籠很美麗)
- “I love eating glutinous rice balls during the Lantern Festival.” (我喜歡在元宵節吃元宵)
- “I can’t wait to participate in the lantern parade at the Lantern Festival.” (我迫不及待要參加元宵節的燈籠遊行)
- “The Lantern Festival is a great way to celebrate the end of the Chinese New Year.” (元宵節是慶祝中國新年結束的絕佳方式)
- “The Lantern Festival is an important part of Chinese culture and tradition.” (元宵節是中國文化和傳統的重要組成部分)
- “The lanterns lit up the sky during the Lantern Festival” (元宵節期間燈籠照亮了天空)
- “The Lantern Festival is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate.” (元宵節是家人和朋友聚在一起慶祝的時間)
- “I always look forward to the Lantern Festival every year.” (我每年都期待著元宵節)