Lantern Festival – Chinese Valentine’s Day

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Lantern Festival Celebrations

Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. It is the first full moon night of Lunar New Year which also marks the last day of Chinese New Year celebrations. This year, the date of Lantern Festival Hong Kong is on 12 February 2017.

During the Chinese Lantern Festival, people eat glutinous rice balls which symbolize a family reunion, pray in temples, go to lantern carnivals to admire lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. In the past, young singles who participated in lantern carnivals had a tradition of finding love on the festive day. Therefore, it is also called “Chinese Valentine Day”.

Spring Lantern Festival is not to be confused with the Mid-Autumn Festival of which sometimes also known as “Lantern Festival” in some locations.

Lantern Festival has a long history. The origin of Chinese Lantern Festival varies, however, it can be traced back to Qin and Han Dynasty (221 BC – 220 AD) when people used to pray for good harvests, celebrate the birthday of the Official of Heaven and admire the full moon.

Lantern Festival Hong Kong

For Hong Kong Lantern Festival, Lantern Carnivals was organized by the Entertainment Office in different places every year. There are large-scale lantern displays, folk dance, traditional stage arts, booth games, exhibition on traditional craftsmanship of lantern making and more which attract singles, couples and families. Details of Lantern Carnivals are as follows,

  • Venue:                  Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Admission:          Free
  • Event:                   Lunar New Year Lantern Display
  • Theme:                 Blooming Love of Phoenixes
  • Date:                     20 January – 19 February 19, 2017
  • Event:                   Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival
  • Date and time:  11 February 2017 (Saturday), 7.30pm to 10pm
      • 9 – 14 February 2017 (Lantern display period)
  • Programme:      Spectacular ethnic songs and dances, acrobatic and face changing performances, Chinese folk craft demonstrations, symphonic band performances, music performances including classical guitar solo, musical saw, harp, baroque music, folk songs and Chinese music, a lantern quiz corner and lantern displays

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