Chinese Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival marks the end celebration of the Chinese New Year.  The Festival occurs on 15the day and lights up the sky.  There are many legends on how the festival came to be most involving praises to gods. Today, the lanterns symbolize love, hope, and good luck.

 

 

 

Traditionally the lanterns are red in color.  Red stands for joy.  Red lanterns when placed outside homes announce births or marriages.  On the other hand, white lanterns mean a death in the family.

 

 

 

 

People sometimes place puzzles, notes for good fortunes, and messages about prosperity and love.  Lanterns come in all shapes and sizes from dragons, flowers, butterflies, and balloons.  People on this night traditionally eat sweet rice balls for good fortune and family unity.