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Dear MINGDA users and fans: Wish you a very happy Lantern Festival!

Do you know the Lantern Festival in China?

The Lantern Festival or the Spring Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. Usually falling in February or early March on the Gregorian calendar, it marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations.

The festival acts as an Uposatha day on the Chinese calendar.It should not be confused with the Mid-Autumn Festival; which is sometimes also known as the "Lantern Festival" in locations such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Lantern Festivals have also become popular in Western countries, such as the Water Lantern Festival held in multiple locations in the United States.In London, the Magical Lantern Festival is held annually

What would we do at the Lantern Festival ?

1.Eating Tangyuan 

During the Lantern Festival, Chinese People will reunion with their family to celebrate the Last day of the Spring Chinese Festival and Eat the Tangyuan or Yuanxiao.

Eaten during the Lantern Festival, tangyuan (Southern China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia) or yuanxiao (Northern China) is a glutinous rice ball typically filled with sweet red bean paste, sesame paste, or peanut butter. Actually, tangyuan is different from yuanxiao due to different manual making and filling processes.However, they are very similar in shape and taste, so most people do not distinguish them for convenience and consider them as the same thing. The Chinese people believe that the round shape of the balls and the bowls in which they are served symbolize family togetherness, and that eating tangyuan or yuanxiao may bring the family harmony, happiness and luck in the new year.

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2.Lighting and Watching Lanterns

Lighting and appreciating lanterns is the main activity of the festival.

When the festival comes, lanterns of various shapes and sizes (traditional globes, fish, dragons, goats! — up to stories high!) are seen everywhere including households, shopping malls, parks, and streets, attracting numerous viewers. Children may hold small lanterns while walking the streets.Below are the customized latterns printed by MINGDA Rock3 pro 

 

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3.Guessing Lantern Riddles

Lantern owners write riddles on paper notes and pasted them upon the colorful lanterns. People crowd round to guess the riddles. Guessing (solving) lantern riddles, starting in the Song Dynasty (960–1279), is one of the most important and popular activities of the Lantern Festival.

If someone thinks they have the right answer, they can pull the riddle off and go to the lantern owner to check their answer. If the answer is right, there is usually a small gift as a prize.

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Happy Lantern Festival again! Wish you and your family all happy and healthy.