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China Love Date Celebrates Red Lantern Festival

China Love Date celebrates Red lantern festival also knows as Valentine’s Day in the western world falls on the 15th day of January, and this is when the first full moon appears and indicates a New year based on the traditional Lunar Chinese calendar. The Lantern festival is quite popular among the Western tourists that visit China. You can witness a beautiful display of lanterns and enjoy traditional famous food called Tangyuan.

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The lantern festival dates back while ancient times and the lanterns at that time were very basic. Only important people like the emperor or noblemen had large and spectacular lanterns. Nowadays the lanterns are much more exotic and are embellished with fancy designs and colors. Many Chinese people believe that releasing the lanterns into the air will allow them to let go of the past. It is also a symbol of looking forward to the future.

Even today, when you visit China on the 15th day of the first lunar month, you will see thousands of red lanterns being displayed all over the country. Chengdu especially, which is situated in the southwest Sichuan province of China, holds a lantern festival each year in the Culture Park to celebrate this event. The park becomes an ocean of red lanterns and is an amazing sight to see. The most spectacular lantern shown during this festival is the dragon pole lantern which spirals up to a great height of 38 meters and spews a firework display from its mouth.

Another tradition of the lantern festival is trying to guess the riddles that are contained within the lanterns. The creators of the lanterns will write riddles on paper and place them inside the lanterns for others to find and read. If you manage to solve the riddles, you are then presented with a gift from the owner of the lantern.

The final tradition of the lantern festival is of course the food. Tangyuan is the famous traditional food served during the lantern festival. The food is shaped in a rice ball with many varied ingredients including fruits, meat and even nuts. It is believed to represent togetherness for the families and bring them happiness and good fortune during the forthcoming New Year.

Now of course we all know the lantern festival falls at the same time as our Valentine’s Day so there is one more very important point of the Chinese lantern festival, and that’s to symbolize love and to find your future partner. During the lantern festival, in the old days, young singles, chaperoned by their families, would trawl the streets in the hope to find happiness and love. Sadly this tradition has faded away and no longer happens.

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China Love Date Celebrates Spring Festival – Story of Nian

China Love Date tells the story of Nian. Spring Festival for Chinese people is the same as Christmas for Westerners. For both, it’s the most traditional festive season of the year. China Love Date would like to celebrate this festive season by bringing our cultures together. We want to help you by providing an honest and trustworthy online Chinese dating platform, so you can meet Asian singles who are seeking reliable Western men.

If you do not know the Nian story, then take a quick glimpse at this video to understand the story that has been handed down through the generations.

Spring festival, as mentioned above, is very similar to the Christmas holiday season in the West. During the Lunar New Year, the Chinese takes seven days holiday so they can spend the time with their families. The Spring Festival traditionally takes place on the 12th day of the lunar calendar and continues through to the middle of the first Lunar month of the next year.

During spring festival, you can sense a feeling of love and happiness. A vibrant atmosphere spills out onto the streets of China, where you will find amazing lion and dragon lanterns dancing to loud music. There are large numbers of happy people having fun and enjoying themselves.

Another common tradition during the spring festival is the red envelope with lucky money. Chinese people call it Ya Sui Qian which means lucky money. Elders will present small children with red envelopes containing lucky money in the hope that the children will bring them good luck for the forthcoming year. It’s quite similar to Trick or Treat in the west.

A final note to say it is very common for all relatives living away from family to come home during spring festival. So be careful when travelling around China during this time, as airports and train stations will be extremely busy with large crowds.

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