As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Living Lanterns (2) – Lantern & Mid-Autumn Festivals

Apart from the Chinese New Year, there are two other major Chinese Festivals that are synonymous to lanterns – the Lantern Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival. 
Today we’ll look into the differences between the two and delight in some images from these festivals.

Lantern Festival Traditions

When is it celebrated? 15th day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. The Lantern Festival is the last day of Chinese New Year festival.


  • Appreciating lanterns on display 
  • Guessing riddles written on lanterns. People must guess the answer from a word, a poem or a phrase, guessing the riddles are as hard as fighting with a tiger, that’s why lantern riddles have another name –‘lantern tigers’.Info Source
  • Matchmaking. Historically, the Lantern Festival was one of the rare nights of the year when there was no curfew for young women. Matchmakers roam the streets, attempting to pair up single men and women who are out all night. One superstition even recounts women pulling up vegetables from the gardens of strangers, perhaps in a bid to ensure fertility.Info Source
  • eating of dim sum called “yuanxiao” (glutinous rice balls) or commonly called “tangyuan”. 
  • fireworks
Photo Sources

Sky Lanterns, Taiwan Image Source
Kid Appreciating Lanterns,China, Image Source
Guessing Lantern Riddles, China, Image Source

“Yuanxiao”, official Lantern Festival food Image Source
Dragon-shaped Lantern, China, Image Source
Learn more about the Chinese Lantern Festival
Mid-Autumn Festival Traditions

When is it celebrated?
The Chinese celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival on the 15th day of the eighth Chinese lunar month, when the moon is at its fullest. 

  • Eating mooncakes.
  • Matchmaking. In some parts of China, dances are held for young men and women to find partners. One by one, young women are encouraged to throw their handkerchiefs to the crowd. The young man who catches and returns the handkerchief has a chance of romance.
  • Carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns.
  • Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang’e
  • Fire Dragon Dances.
  • Moon rabbit is a traditional icon
Mid-Autumn Festival
Lanterns for Sale
Marine Parade, Singapore
Floating Swan Lanterns, Chinese Gardens, Singapore
Fire Dragon Dance, Image Source
Moon Cake,official mid-Autumn festival food

Bedok Area, Singapore
Dancing Dragons Lantern, Chinese Gardens Singapore

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on September 25, 2012 by in Uncategorized and tagged , .
%d bloggers like this: