View of the full moon against an ancient building in Shaoxing, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/IC]
“元宵节”（the Lantern Festival），又称灯节、元夕、上元节，标志性时间在一年的第一个月圆之夜——正月十五。几千年以来，人们形成了赏花灯、猜灯谜、放烟花、吃汤圆等传统元宵节习俗。这一天，合家团圆，其乐融融。
Guessing lantern riddles
Riddles written on the lanterns can inspire wisdom and cater to the festival atmosphere, so many people like it very much. Guessing the answers to lantern riddles gradually became an indispensable part of the Lantern Festival.
In Chinese Lantern Festival, people enjoy eating Yuanxiao or Tangyuan, small dumpling balls made of glutinous rice flour, as one of the customs.[Photo/viewstock.com]
Eating yuanxiao is another Lantern Festival tradition. Yuanxiao is made of glutinous rice, either solid or stuffed. The stuffing includes bean paste, sugar, hawthorn, various kinds of fruit and so on. It can be boiled, fried or steamed.
It is tradition that people hang lanterns everywhere, in their house or in the streets. The lanterns depict various characters, like flying birds, leaping fishes, and shining fireworks, showing an atmosphere of joy. People will come out and appreciate the beautiful scene.
In ancient times, young women, especially daughters of eminent families, hardly stepped out their houses. But during the Lantern Festival, it was a tradition that all people, including those young women, come out for lantern shows.
Watching lanterns at night was just an opportunity for young women to find a man whose appearance appealed to them. Another activity, guessing the answers to lantern riddles, gives young people a chance to interact with each other and know more about each other. For thousands of years, there have been numerous love stories originating during the Lantern Festival.
But in the crowd once and again
I look for her in vain.
When all at once I turn my head,
I find her there where lantern light is dimly shed.
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