Yu Garden Lantern Festival 

Lantern Festival is celebrated on the last day of the Lunar New Year with the tradition of hanging or, kids carrying lit lanterns. It was started to signify a prosperous and brilliant year ahead by ending the New Year festivities on a bright note.

This event is celebrated in the evening to late night to fully enjoy the vibrant colors of the lantern.

Because it’s a evening activity, it’s also known to most Chinese as a Chinese Valentine’s Day, since this is the time where children are allowed to stay up late past curfew, and an opportunity for boys and girls of dating age to meet.

Lanterns are elaborately set up to resemble scenes of a Chinese era, each with words promoting better social community living. Promotional message aside, it is a beautiful site worth a visit.


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