Chinese New Year Lantern Festival
Chinese New Year Lantern Festival celebrates on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, and it marks the end of a sixteen-day long celebration. During the Lantern Festival, you may see children holding a paper-lantern walking around. The lanterns symbolize letting go the past year and welcoming the new one. The traditional lantern is in red color, which means to bring good fortune. ; Eating tangyuan (湯圓) is another essential custom of the Lantern Festival. These ball-shaped dumplings are made of glutinous rice flour and usually sweet. Tangyuan’s round shape symbolized wholeness and togetherness as a family. Therefore, eating tangyuan during the Lantern Festival is a way for Chinese people to express their best wishes for their family and their future lives. Last but not least, the Lantern Riddle Game, suitable for both children and adults. The riddle is attached to the lanterns, and whoever can solve the question will win a prize.
Multicultural Family Celebrates Lantern Festival
I remember holding a small lantern walking around my old neighborhood with other children growing up in Taiwan. However, most adults stop to celebrate the lantern festival as it held on the last day of the Chinese New Year, and most of the working holiday ends by the end of the first week.
After having children of my own, then I began to realize how important to carry these traditions and pass the culture down to offsprings. Raising a multicultural child, I certainly would like to introduce this special celebration with them.
Pu-Ji Temple Lantern Festival
Before moving to Spain. I was able to take the opportunity to show my family one of the most famous lantern festival in Taiwan – Puji Temple Lantern Festival’s lantern exhibition. Pu-Ji Temple located at the Central West district of Tainan City, the temple has just celebrated 350 years old.
Tainan City is a formal capital of Taiwan and you can reach there by bus, high-speed rail, train, or car. The city is famous for its delicious food and temple cultures. It hosts more than 300 temples and some of them are a few centuries old.
Pu-ji Temple has become popular in the last couple of years, the reason being its creative lanterns that were painted by more than one thousand and five hundred volunteers, and young students design most of them.
These lanterns neatly hang on the Pu-Ji temple and extend to the surrounding Guohua Street. This area of Tainan City is difficult to find a parking space, highly recommend to take either public transportations or taxi.
Exhibition Time and Locations:
Address：No. 79, Puji St., Central West District Tainan City. Taiwan
Easy and Fun Paper Lantern Craft
Making Chinese New Year Lantern is a great activity do to celebrate with your multicultural child. It is a very easy kid’s craft for a weekend afternoon, and you can display in your home as a Chinese New Year decorations.
Supply For Paper Lantern Craft:
- Double side tape
- Fun stickers
If your children are too young to handle scissors and perform the cutting, you can replace the activity with drawings or stickers. These are other fun ways to engage your multicultural children during the Chinese New Year.
Over the course of two weeks of Chinese New Year, there are many ways to design a few activities to introduce this important event to your multicultural children.