Lantern Festival (also known as the 元宵节 or 上元节), falls on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar, marking the end of the Spring Festival celebration. Originating from the Han Dynasty, this festival has long been celebrated by Chinese all over the world. On this day, people would watch lanterns and eat Tang Yuan. Lanterns of various shapes and sizes fill the streets, with each lantern having a small riddle written on top of it. Anyone who can solve the riddle would be able to get a small gift. This activity, called ‘’猜灯谜“ or “Guessing Lantern Riddles" is not as popular as before but is still available in many big cities like Temple of Earth and Heaven in Beijing and Chenghuang Temple in Shanghai.
Lantern Festival is also a day to celebrate love and affection between lovers. In ancient China, young ladies were not allowed to go out freely except at the time of the Lantern Festival. It was once customary for single people to carry lit lanterns on the streets in hopes of finding their true love.
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