Asian countries are celebrating Lantern Festival

 Wednesday, February 16, 2022 


The people across Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore) are celebrating the Lantern Festival. There are many which lighting up the sky and sending lanterns with wishes for luck, blessings, health & prosperity.

The celebrations of Lantern Festivals happen on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which lands on the full moon. Lantern Festival, also called Yuan Xiao Festival, holiday celebrated in China and other Asian countries. The Lantern Festival aims to promote reconciliation, peace, and forgiveness. The holiday marks the first full moon of the new lunar year and the end of the Chinese New Year (see Lunar New Year).

Lantern Festival, which fell on Tuesday this year, is an important occasion for Chinese family reunions, and also an opportunity for people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits to share the celebrations.

At the 2022 Taipei Lantern Festival, an exhibition zone featured dazzling large lanterns from Shanghai, adorned with tigers and Shanghai’s urban architecture, according to Xinhua News Agency.

At a lantern festival in Nantou, central Taiwan, lanterns from seven cities in Zhejiang province are being exhibited. The lanterns are decorated with depictions of scenic areas of Zhejiang, to help Taiwan residents experience the culture and scenery of the province.

On January 29, a joint ceremony was held via video link to light lanterns at a temple in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and one in New Taipei City, Taiwan. At the Nanjing temple, an 8-meter-high lantern of the sea goddess Mazu, who is worshipped on both sides of the Straits, attracted many visitors.

As the COVID-19 epidemic curtailed cross-Straits travel this Spring Festival, online greetings have become popular on social media.

The hashtag “Spring Festival greetings across the Straits” on Sina Weibo had generated about 190 million reads as of Tuesday afternoon.

Many Taiwan businessmen and students who stayed on the mainland during the holiday also posted video greetings on Lantern Festival online for their relatives and friends on the island.

Cheng Po-yu, executive director of the Cross-Straits Youth Exchange Association in Beijing, spent Spring Festival on the mainland this year. He had Spring Festival eve dinner at a friend’s home in Beijing and experienced local customs.

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