Lantern Festival falls on February 19 this year. In ancient times, it was the only day that girls were allowed to leave their home to see the outside world, and even go out on a date with their "Mr. Right". Here are some of the top lantern shows around China.
1. Qinhuai Lantern Festival
Qinhuai Lantern Festival has a long history spanning more than 1,000 years. The modern style of the festival began in 1985, and it is in its 28th year. As a folk cultural event in the Nanjing area, the festival is held from Spring Festival to Lantern Festival every year.
2. Yu Garden Lantern Festival
As one of China's intangible cultural heritages, the Yu Garden Lantern Festival in Shanghai has been held for 20 years. It focuses on the combination of traditions and modern techniques. It is with this feature that it has gained great popularity among both young and old people alike.
3. Zigong Lantern Festival
Also one of China's intangible cultural heritages, Zigong Lantern Festival features traditions from the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). Experts have called the innovation of design and techniques of lanterns "fine arts." The festival is famous for the number of lantern groups and lanterns made with special techniques.
4.Xi'an Lantern Festival
The Xi'an Lantern Festival is held in Tang Paradise, a large theme park featuring imperial architecture and historical setting from the Tang Dynasty in Xi'an, Shaanxi province.
5. Baotu Spring lantern show
The Baotu Spring lantern show could go as far back as the Tang Dynasty. However, the first Baotu Spring modern lantern show was held in 1965 in Jinan, Shandong province. The 40th Baotu Spring lantern show kicked off on January 27, 2019.
(Photos: VCG; Text from china.org.cn)