Today is the Chinese Lantern Festival. Here introduce about the origin of the Lantern Festival.
The Fifteenth Day of the first lunar month is the Lantern Festival, also known as the Yuan Festival, Yuan Night, Lantern Festival. It is the first month of the lunar calendar, the ancients called night “Xiao” , so called the Fifteenth Day of the first month for the Lantern Festival. The 15th day of the first lunar month is the first full moon night of the year. It is also the night when the earth returns to spring. People celebrate it and the continuation of the New Year .
Sima Qian founded the Taichu Calendar, which lists the Lantern Festival as a major festival. Sui, Tang, Song, it is more prosperous for a time.
“Music of the Sui Book” Dayy: When the first month of the year, the world will come Tokorea, stay until the 15th day in the Jianguomenn outside The duanmenn, stretching eight miles, for the theatre” , to take part in tens of thousands of singers and dancers, from the evening to the evening. With the changes of society and Times, the Customs of the Lantern Festival has changed a lot, but it is still a traditional Chinese folk festival.
The Lantern Festival is a traditional festival in China. The formation of the Lantern Festival Customs has a long process. According to General Information and folklore, the 15th day of the first lunar month was already taken seriously in the Western Han Dynasty The activity of worshipping “Tai Yi” in Ganquan Palace on the first lunar month by Emperor Wu of Han Dynasty was regarded as the herald of worshipping the Gods on the fifteenth lunar month. The introduction of Buddhist Culture in the Eastern Han Dynasty played an important role in the formation of the Lantern Festival custom.
Lantern Festival, originally meaning “the night of the Lantern Festival” , because the 15th day of the first Lunar Month “the Lantern Festival” is the main event of the night to eat glutinous rice balls, and later the name of the festival evolved into the “Lantern Festival. Lantern Festival night, the streets and alleys decorated with lanterns, people enjoy lanterns, guess riddles, eat Yuan xiao, will continue from the New Year’s Eve began to celebrate activities pushed to another climax, has become the custom of generations. Lantern Festival in the early formation of the process, only known as the 15th of the first month, the first half of the first month or month look, Sui later called Yuan Xi or Yuan Ye. At the beginning of the Tang Dynasty, under the influence of Taoism, also known as Shang yuan, the end of the Tang dynasty only occasionally called Yuan xiao. But since the Song Dynasty also known as Night Lights. In the Qing Dynasty, it was called the Lantern Festival. The Lantern Festival is also known abroad as The Lantern Festival.