A Look to Traditional Lantern Festival of Yangshuo China – Celebrated at January 15 based on lunar calendar annually, Lantern Festival or locally referred as Deng Jie is held next after the spring festival. The festival originated from Han Dynasty, according to the legend and history in China.
During the festival night, people would blow lanterns containing their wishes such as good harvest, a lot of fortunes, prosperity, family reunion, or love. They blow the lanterns to the sky or drift them away on the river like paper boat.
In the past, ancient people lighted fireworks and lanterns to wish for mercy. They also made dumplings to serve the fairies from glutinous rice flour ingredients. These are done to avoid bad luck from the Chinese folklore supernatural being who desires to burn the world entirely, called Jade Emperor.
The ritual has been held from then on, with additional formations and fun activities, like prayer lanterns, dragon and lion dances, riddle and puzzle games, and many more. These innovative and creative activities are parts of the reason why the celebration still going strong for a long time.
People Hold Lantern Festival in Special Way
In Yangshuo, people hold Lantern Festival in special way. It is celebrated with adaptation into new festival called Fishing Lights Festival. The festival merges Yangshuo’s traditional local culture and new present-day customs. Instead of celebrating it on land, people choose to celebrate in on river.
They would put and light candles on paper boats, and float them on the waterbody of Li River. Simultaneously, plenty of fishing boats adorned with lanterns would sail slowly and form such a glorious and lovely sight.
Modern Lantern Festival in Yangshuo and overall China has evolved into the celebration of traditional art performances and art exhibition shows. Through attending the festival, you can experience the charm of cultural event full on worthy value and contents.