Chinese holidays - The Lantern Festival
The Spring Festival celebration lasts for 15 days in China. Begins from the first day of the 1st lunar month and ends on the fifteenth day the Lantern Festival. In 2013, the Chinese Lantern Festival falls on 24th, February (Accordingly lunar date it is January 15th). The Lantern Festival is one of the traditional Chinese festivals and on that day there are many traditional and interesting conventions. In folklore, the Spring Festival is always a great time when families gather together and the Lantern Festival is regarded as the start of the new year after which all the people will go back to work again.
Among all Chinese holidays, the winter holiday is the second longest, after the summer holiday. Its a long time to feel the jubilation of the Chinese New Year. Tourists are recommended to take a tour to China's ancient cities, like Beijing and Xi'an during the Lantern Festival. For more information about this, please look at WindhorseTour's Beijing Xi'an Train Tour.
During the Chinese holidays, there are always some Chinese festivals included. As one the most traditional Chinese festivals, many colorful shows or activities are held on the Lantern Festival. Take Beijing as an example - there are many performances such as Dragon Dancing Show, Lions Dancing Show and Stilts Walking Show. For more information about Beijing tours, please visit WindhorseTour's Beijing in Depth Tour for 5 Days. These activities are the most outstanding features of the Lantern Festival. Beijing is the capital city of China.
If you take a tour to Beijing, you will have the chance to visit imperial places that you shall never forget. Top attractions like the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Olympic sites - the "Bird's Nest" Stadium all are worth visiting. Beijing, a city combined with ancient and modern atmosphere welcomes you!
The Lantern Festival is also called the Yuanxiao Festival. During Chinese festivals, there are different festival foods to taste. Yuan Xiao is a kind of delicious food when people shall have it during the Lantern Festival. They are dumpling balls made of glutinous rice and usually filled with sesames, peanuts, vegetables, sugar, bean pastes or meat. Take a tour to China and taste this special food during the Lantern Festival and enjoy your stay in China. For more information about this, please check at WindhorseTour's China Impression Tour to Hong Kong. Yuanxiao is also called "汤圆" (Pinyin: tāng yuán), meaning reunion and families' gathering. Chinese eat Yuanxiao in the hope of the everlasting union, harmony and pray for happiness of your families.
When it comes to the evening, the Lantern Festival begins to present its greatest charm- watching Lanterns' Show. You can have a Lantern Display while you are wandering on the ancient Beijing Hutong. For other related Beijing tours, please refer to WindhorseTour's Beijing Walking Tour. Walking on the ancient Beijing town, you are attracted with hanging lanterns in various shapes and sizes, making the night a spectacular scene. Nowadays during the night of the Lantern Festival, there are also firework displays.
Another interesting thing is the game called "Guessing Lantern Riddles", which is an interesting part of the festival. There are many riddles written on the lanterns by their owners and you can try to guess answers for any of these riddles. If you get the right answer, you will get a small gift as a bonus. It is interesting with full of wisdom in this game and it gains popularity among many Chinese people. Take a tour to Beijing and have a feast for your eyes on these shining and beautiful designed lanterns!