The Lantern Festival is held on the 15th day of the last month of the Lunar
New Year celebration. Lanterns have been part of Chinese life for centuries, so
it's no surprise to see a lantern festival.
People usually hang lanterns in gardens, outside houses and on boats. These
lanterns are road signs that guide the spirit of guests and ancestors to the
lunar calendar celebrations. After a 15-day feast, these lanterns paved the way
for spirits to return to the wider world.
Silk, paper and plastic lanterns vary in shape and size and are usually
multi-colored. Some of them are in the shape of butterflies, birds, flowers and
boats. Others are shaped like dragons, fruits and animals of that year. The most
popular type of lantern is "horse racing", in which characters or animals rotate
around the vertical axis of the lantern.