Culture Insider: traditional Spring Festival customs

( ) Updated: 2015-02-13 09:10:50
Culture Insider: traditional Spring Festival customs


The 15th day of the 1st lunar month is commonly celebrated as Yuan Xiao Jie, or Lantern Festival. The festivities of the Chinese New Year reach a climax on this day.

Since early morning, dragon and lion dancers parade on streets crowded with people. In the evening families go out together to enjoy the full moon and appreciate colorful lanterns and also solve lantern riddles.

Chinese people also eat yuan xiao, a traditional food made of glutinous rice flour which symbolizes family togetherness and reunion.

This day officially marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations.

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