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The origin of the Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival is a traditional festival in China. As early as more than 2,000 years ago, the Western Han Dynasty was there. The Lantern Festival lanterns started in Ming Dynasty in the Eastern Han Dynasty. The Ming emperor advocated Buddhism. Heard that Buddhism had the practice of liturgizing Buddha and reincarnation on the 15th day of the first month , Ordered the night of the day in the palace and temple lighting Buddha, so that the common people are hanging lamp. After this Buddhist ceremonial festival gradually formed a grand folk festival. This section has undergone a process of development from the court to the people and from the Central Plains to the whole country.
In the Han emperor, has ordered the first lunar January fifteen as the Lantern Festival. Han Emperor Wu, "too Yishen" sacrificial activities scheduled for January 15. Sima Qian to create "too early" when the Lantern Festival has been identified as a major festival.

The Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival light lamp custom originated in Taoism "Sanyuan said"; the first lunar January 15th for the Spring Festival, July 15 for the Chinese yuan festival, October 15 for the next year. Supervisor, middle and lower ternary respectively, heaven, earth, people, officials, joy days, so the festival should be light lamp.
Lantern Festival Feast and Festival activities, with the development of history to extend and expand. As for the length of the festival, the Han Dynasty was only one day, three days in the Tang Dynasty, five days in the Song Dynasty, and even the first eight lights in the Ming Dynasty. It lasted for ten days until the night of the first lunar month. Connected with the Spring Festival, the day for the city, crowded, night lights, spectacular. In particular, that delicate, colorful lights, but also make it become the climax of entertainment during the Spring Festival. To the Qing Dynasty, but also added a dragon, lion dance, running a dry boat, stilts, dance yangko and other "opera" content, but shortened to four to five days festival.
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