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Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival traffic and fireworks cause smog in Beijing

Lanterns are lit in Beijing to mark the official end to the Lunar New Year period. Photo: EPA

Millions of migrant workers flowed back to cities on Sunday, formally marking the end of celebrations for the Lunar New Year period in China.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Colourful temple tradition born again

The Chenghuang Temple fair in Yuexiu district, Guangzhou, used to be a symbol of local culture in the Ming dynasty. But the temple was torn down about a century ago for redevelopment.

The residents decided to bring it back - the temple was rebuilt and opened in October last year. And the fair has been revived.

8 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Bright lights

Monday is Spring Lantern Festival - or Chinese Valentine's Day - and it is a time for warm family get-togethers and outings to catch evening views of the lanterns.

4 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Cry for the moon

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, autumn occurs during the seventh, eighth and ninth lunar months. Hence, the 15th day of the eighth month marks the Mid-Autumn Festival, which, this year, falls on Tuesday. Also known as the Mooncake or Lantern Festival, the mid-autumn day was used to celebrate the season's harvest in ancient China.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Good moon rising

The Yuen Siu, or Lantern Festival, is held on the 15th day of the first lunar month, which falls today in this Year of the Pig. It celebrates the first full moon of the year and originated as a ceremony that ushered in the warmth and light of the season following the winter cold.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Weather fails to douse festive spirit

Clouds and rain block view of full moon, but thousands flock to the five lantern festivals around the city

Mid-Autumn revellers braved last night's inclement weather hoping to catch a glimpse of the full moon in Victoria Park, but it was hidden behind thick clouds that soaked people with sudden showers.

19 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Weather fails to douse festive spirit

Clouds and rain block view of full moon, but thousands flock to the five lantern festivals around the city

Mid-Autumn revellers braved last night's inclement weather hoping to catch a glimpse of the full moon in Victoria Park, but it was hidden behind thick clouds that soaked people with sudden showers.

19 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

All light on the night

COLOURFUL STARFRUIT, rabbits, goldfish and traditional paper lanterns jostle for space in storefronts, as Hong Kong prepares for Sunday's annual Mid-Autumn Festival.

While battery-lit, plastic lanterns in the shape of popular cartoon characters have dominated the scene during the past decade, this year people are opting for more traditional designs.

16 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Modern city embraces joyful traditions

More couples are tying the knot on Chinese Valentine's Day - the only day when young women in ancient times were allowed to date young men.

The day was marked yesterday with 146 couples getting married. Across the city, people also celebrated the Spring Lantern Festival.

24 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

DAY FOR LOVERS AND LANTERNS

It's time for lovers to celebrate again. Today is the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, which marks Chinese Valentine's Day. According to tradition, lovers should eat sweet rice balls which symbolise happiness.

23 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Expert Advice

Q I love the Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong. I want to start collecting lanterns, but ones that are not just linked to this holiday. Could you tell me more about Chinese antique models?

WHAT THE EXPERT SAYS

7 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

China is falling head over heels for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day, a Western event long accepted by only a fashionable few in China, became a mainstream holiday in Beijing yesterday that seemed to surpass the traditional Lantern Festival in popularity.

On central Beijing streets and in shopping centres, roses sold throughout the day.

15 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Waxing lyrical over festive moongazing

How did you celebrate this year's Mid-Autumn Festival? A group of students from Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School went moongazing and came up with the following poems that they want to share with other Young Post readers.

A Warm Night

Children are playing around

Couples are chatting arm in arm

This night, a dragon wakes up to find

3 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Tradition flavours Language Week opening ceremony

Principal Cheng of CNEC Lau Wing Sang Secondary School brought the lion to life by painting in its eyes, and the lion-dance began.

Once the lion-dancers reached the stage they pulled a string to unfurl a couplet hanging in the middle of the hall, which said: Nicam, San Yu Tong Tian Xia - the theme of Language Week.

24 May 2001 - 12:00am

Festival's night of lanterns

Two Spring Lantern carnivals, featuring hand-made lanterns and entertaining programmes, were held on Chinese Valentine's Day (February 7) at the Ko Shan Road Park and Tuen Mun Park.

At Ko Shan Road Park, the Sichuan Folk Art Troupe staged a variety of repertoires, such as the 'moustache-changing' (traditional face-changing) and 'flowing-sleeve' techniques.

12 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

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