Lantern Festival Arrives Soon

Updated: February 3, 2012 | Clicks: 2808

The Lantern Festival (元宵节, yuán xiāo jié) of 2012 will be held on February 6, and it represents the first full-moon night and the first important festival after the Chinese New Year. The Lantern Festival marks the end of the two-week-long Chinese New Year period. Read more in the detailed introduction of the Chinese Lantern Festival, including the related celebrations, customs and food.

The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese month every year (in 2014, it will be celebrated on February 14). On that day, many activities are held through out China, including enjoying the full moon, beautiful lanterns, gorgeous fireworks and the wonderful dragon dance and lion dance, guessing lantern riddles and eating yuanxiao (sweet dumplings of glutinous rice flour served in soup) with friends and family.

Beijing will host the greatest number of celebratory activities around China. On February 6, lantern exhibitions will occur in numerous places. The following are expected to be the most popular this year.

Third Qianmen Lantern Exhibition 2014.

  • Venue: Qianmen Street 
  • Performances during the Lantern Festival: Lion dance, dragon dance, ceremony of the Emperor’s appreciation of lanterns, Chinese opera show, magic show and an acrobatics showl.

Lantern Exhibition in Quadrangle Courtyard

  • Venue: 13 Henzhima Alley, Dongcheng District 
  • Activities: Lantern-making competition, appreciating lanterns, guessing lantern riddles, tasting yuan xiao and a lecture on the folk customs of the Lantern Festival

Follow-Up Report

Several outdoor lantern exhibitions were canceled at the last moment for unsuited weather on the Lantern Festival 2014, including the 3rd Qianmen Lantern Exhibition 2014 at Qianmen Street, which brought disappointment to many visitors and journalists. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience brought by the news to our readers.

Reason: Beijing has experienced the coldest Lantern Festival last night (February 14, 2014) in recent years. A stream of cold air from Siberia swept Beijing since February 5, which made the temperature in Beijing sharply dropped by 8 °C (46 °F), and brought Beijing with strong wind. The colorful lanterns were really difficult to hang in the strong wind, because the lanterns could be blown away by the strong wind. Hence, several lantern exhibitions were canceled this year.

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