The Lantern Festival – Spectacular Display at Wenyu River Park!

The final day of Spring Festival, the Lantern Festival (Yuánxiāo jié 元宵节) falls this year on February 24th, the fifteenth day of the celebrations. Although it’s not a public holiday, it is still widely celebrated, especially in southern China and among the diaspora.

This year, we visited two locations in Beijing to see lanterns: Shichahai to see an amazingly long dragon and Wenyu River Park, to see one of the biggest lantern displays there’s ever been in Beijing! Read on to find out more about the origins of Lantern Festival and the lantern displays.

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The (Many!) Days of Spring Festival

Lunar or Chinese New Year, known as Spring Festival (春节) in Chinese, is much more than just New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! Starting from New Year’s Day, the entire festival actually lasts 15 days! Read on to find out more information about some of the most important days of the festival and the history and traditions to be aware of, as well as exactly which date they fall on! 

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