The Chinese Lantern Festival of 2015 is on February 22. The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar, and it is the last day of the lunar Spring Festival (New Year) celebration. During the Lantern Festival, one of the most important activity is to watch different wonderful Chinese Lanterns at nights. Also, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. There is no public holiday for this festival.
The first month of the Lunisolar calendar (a calendar’s date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year) is called Yuan month, and in older times night was called Xiao in Mandarin. Therefore, the day is called YuanXiao Festival in China. Also, every family eats rice balls named after the festival, YuanXiao (also known as TangYuan). This is a day for appreciating the bright full moon and family reunion.
Lantern Festival Dates
The Chinese Lantern Festival of 2016 is on February 22.
The Chinese Lantern Festival of 2017 is on February 11.
The Chinese Lantern Festival of 2018 is on March 2.
It is usually in February or March in the Gregorian calendar.
Chinese people celebrate eight traditional Chinese festivals, which are Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Lantern Festival, QingMing Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Double Seventh Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, ChongYang Festival, and Winter Solstice.