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Ibolya Horvath
by gill_penney
published on 25 April 2016

In ancient China, the Lantern Festival was held on the 15th day of the first lunar month to conclude the New Year's celebration. This was a festival of light honoring the full moon when people would float lighted lanterns on ponds, lakes, or streams, watch the full moon, play games, dance, and hold feasts. According to their status and wealth, some people would erect huge displays for the celebration. The rituals involved go back hundreds or even thousands of years and continue to be performed in very similar, or exactly the same, ways.

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