You may have heard a lot in the recent weeks about Chinese New Year, and the weeks long celebrations that accompany it. Like all celebrations New Year must come to an end, and the Chinese celebrate the conclusion of festivities with the Lantern Festival!
The Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Luni-Solar Chinese calendar. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones, which they will let go of the next year. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolize good fortune. Diving deeper into Chinese folk history, Taoist tradition tells us that the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, Shàngyuán, corresponds to the “Official of Heaven,” who enjoys bright and joyful objects, so there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate!
This is one of many festivals and holidays celebrated by persons around the world, and is a great opportunity to connect with people from different cultures and learn about their historical heritage. If you’d like to learn more about festivals and celebrations held around the world, it’s time you applied to be a Host Family today!