Feast of chinese lanterns (POPULITY 中国 CULTURE)

FEAST OF CHINESE LANTERNS

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The Feast of Lanterns is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, between February and March in the Gregorian calendar , coinciding with the first full moon of the new year.

During these nights thousands of colorful lanterns and different ways for people admire d stand and try to find answers to the mysteries they hold. Besides this, the lion dance is represented and eaten in family, Yuanxiao, flour balls stuffed with a mixture of rice such disparate ingredients as sesame and rose petals.

It is not known exactly how the feast of lanterns emerged, although it is estimated to be held since the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220).

There are several legends that explain the origin of this event:

One legend tells that once a man hunt a bird of Heavenly God and this, to punish him , decided to burn every house in the village . The daughter of the Heavenly God taught humans the art of pyrotechnics, producing paper lanterns for his father, seeing the red lanterns that simulated fire and listening to the fireworks, they thought that the people were burning.

Another legend has it that during a winter season, a minister of Emperor Hanwu , Dongfangshuo, was found in the imperial garden with a bridesmaid named Yuanxiao , whose desire was to take his life by jumping into a well, because since entered the palace not had returned to see her family. To help Yuanxiao, Dongfangshuo spread the rumor that a fire would occur in the city of Chang’an (the Han capital). Dongfangshuo asked the emperor to allow balls Yuanxiao prepare fresh pasta stuffed with hanging lanterns and people  make offerings to God, throwing fireworks disaster expected to eliminate citywide in 15 hours of the first lunar month. Artificial fires and lanterns attracted thousands of people , including parents and little sister Yuanxiao, which was reunited with them the same night.

Other legends allude to silkworms, so prized in Chinese culture as the origin of the lanterns, which mimicked their shape and brightness.

≡ BY Sara ≡

≡ TRADUCED BY George ≡

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