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Lantern Festival lanterns meaning

Feb 18, 2019
The Jan 15th of the lunar calendar is the "Yuanxiao Festival". This festival has folk customs such as hanging lanterns, making lantern, etc. it is also called Lantern Festival.
The Lantern Festival is a traditional festival which began in the Western Han Dynasty and flourished in the Sui and Tang Dynasties, then passed on to later generations. On the Lantern Festival, the streets are full of lanterns, or image lights such as dragon lanterns, tiger lanterns, rabbit lanterns, horse lanterns, flower lanterns, bird lanterns, etc., or compiled according to folk stories, such as the Cowherd and the Weaver, Change and the moon and so on.
It is said that the lantern represents the seat of Jiang Taigong of Shang Dynasty, and the lantern is related to God, so it also gives a lot of symbolic meaning.
In ancient times, in order to expel the fear of darkness, the lanterns were derived from the meaning of exorcism and blessings and praying for light.
In the past, after people escaped from the bandits and escaped, they used the lanterns as a signal to report each other's peace. Therefore, they also called the sky lanterns as "blessing lanterns" or "safe lanterns", and then gradually evolved the folk custom of praying for the blessings. The lanterns are filled with all kinds of prayers, and hope that the lanterns can reach heaven and bring infinite hope and light.
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