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Lantern festival

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The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, and traditionally ends the Chinese New Year period. In 2015 it falls on March 5. There is no public holiday for this festival.

There is a street parade and a dragon dance in the evening. Firecrackers are set off, and children carry paper lanterns into the street and eat sweet glutinous rice balls called yuanxiao.

How Do Chinese Celebrate the Lantern Festival?
People get together on the night of the Lantern Festival to celebrate with different activities.
Lantern Festival customs and activities vary regionally, including lighting and enjoying lanterns, appreciating the bright full moon, setting off fireworks, guessing riddles written on lanterns, eating tangyuan, lion dances, dragon dances, and walking on stilts.
The most important and prevalent customs are enjoying lanterns, guessing lantern riddles, eating tangyuan, and lion dances.

Part of this information was taken from: China highlights

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