The Chinese Lantern Festival dates back to the Han Dynasty and has been celebrated by the Chinese people for thousands of years. Today, the Chinese Lantern Festival is celebrated in many places throughout the world, including the United States. If you and your family have never attended a festival, there are a number of great reasons to be present on the 15th day of the first lunar month.
A Celebration of Life
Lantern Festival attendees each have their own reasons for sending Chinese lanterns into the sky. There are people who want to usher in a new year and others who commemorate the lives of loved ones who are no longer with them. You will be able to honor the loved ones you have lost and celebrate the many possibilities life holds for you when you release your own lantern.
Make a Wish
Many people are guilty of walking around with dreams and wishes in their hearts for years without finding the courage to act on them. A lantern festival provides the perfect opportunity to announce your wishes to the universe. The energy from the many people around you who are doing the same thing will provide you with the inspiration to finally go after the dreams you have held for so long.
Experience Chinese culture
The music and local artistry you will experience at a lantern festival will give you the opportunity to experience Chinese culture. The children you take with you will love the walking stilts and traditional dragon dance. You will also meet other people attending the festival who have an in-depth knowledge of Chinese culture.
Life can become stale at times. And even the normal activities you share with your family can lose their appeal after a while. Lantern Festivals are special occasions that you and your family will remember for the rest of their lives.
Feel the magic
Christmas lighting is a mainstay of American culture. This is evidenced by the millions of people who decorate their homes with these lights to enhance the spirit of the season. When you attend a lantern festival, the bright lights that illuminate the countless ceramic, satin, and silk handcrafted lanterns make for a magical atmosphere.
Lantern festivals start in the AM and last late into the night. The number of people you can potentially meet is endless. You will be able to enjoy shopping, food, and ancient Chinese traditions alongside your new friends.
The Bottom Line
A Chinese Lantern Festival is an event that will be enjoyed by every member of your family. If you have considered attending a lantern festival but have yet to do so, the six reasons above should be more than enough to end your procrastination.