While the world rings in the new year on January 1, the traditional Chinese New Year takes place over a month after the induction of the new year on the globally employed Roman calendar. The Chinese New Year culminates in the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of celebrations, where families enjoy reunions, traditional foods and dancing, as well as releasing lanterns into the night sky. Despite its name, the festival isn’t exclusive to China; festivals that mark the beginning of the lunisolar new year can be found all over Asia in countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, as well as countries as far away as the United States.
The Lantern Festival is a time to enjoy lights, new beginnings, and the company of others. Indeed, in the celebration’s early days, young people were sent to the Lantern Festival to find love, perhaps with the help of a matchmaker. While the festival does not carry the implication anymore, it would be difficult to say that so many beautiful lanterns and the party atmosphere does nothing for one’s romantic side.
Perhaps the most famous part of the festival, releasing lanterns has an important meaning: to let a lantern go is to release one’s old self and welcome a new attitude for a new year. It is an optimistic act that adds to the bright feeling of the night.
But perhaps you can’t hop on a jet to China in time for this year’s February 15th celebration, but you’d love to celebrate at home. Before you start finding fireworks and planning the menu, find the some lanterns to make the night just right. Check out these minimal yet beautiful LED paper lanterns from paperlanternstore.com. The paper diffuses the clear bright light of the LED bulbs, making the paper appear to glow. Stringing some of these paper lanterns around a backyard or a dimmed room will certainly add that magical feeling to your Chinese New Year celebration!