1. Enjoying Colorful Festive Lanterns
The Lantern Festival marks the end of the festival. Lanterns in different shapes are displayed on the evening of Jan. 15th of lunar month. In ancient times, these lanterns were made of paper or silk with candles placed inside. Now the materials have changed and the candles have replaced by bulbs or LEDs. In many cities, organizations or local government decorate the gardens and other places with lanterns so you can enjoy their beauty.
Shehuo is often part of the Lantern Festival particularly in Northwestern China. Shehuo is a form of worship consisting of both shows and parades. It includes a variety of performances such as the dragon and lion dances, yangko (a popular rural folk dance), and performers on stilts. The Shehuo stories come from Shaanxi operas. People crowd the roads to watch the exciting parade.
3. Rice Dumplings
In many regions, the Rice Dumpling (Yuanxiao or Tangyuan) is a popular traditional food for the Lantern Festival. The dumplings are made of sticky rice flour stuffed with different fillings. Some do not have fillings. Their round shape symbolizes reunion, harmony and happiness. During the night of the Lantern Festival, family members gather together to eat the delicious Rice Dumplings and appreciate the full moon.
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