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Significance of Lanterns during moon festival

Traditionally, the lantern was symbolic of people letting go of their past and welcoming their new self by getting a new lantern. The lanterns are almost always red and symbolise good fortune. They were mainly used as a toy and decoration.

Today, the lantern has come to symbolise the festival itself. Available in a wide variety of shapes and covered in colourful illustrations, lanterns also signify the prayer for the sunlight and the warmth post harsh winters.

It is a wonderful experience to watch the children make their own lanterns and strut through the streets on the evening of the moon festival. In some countries, like Taiwan and Thailand, the Chinese communities release sky lanterns, a small hot air balloon made of paper that is lifted up on the hot air from a small lighted candle at its base. It is believed that the height of the lantern is said to determine the level of luck the family will enjoy. The higher the lantern, the luckier the family will be. Hundreds of thousands of such lanterns are released during the Lantern Festival, creating an enchanting sight as the glow of these lanterns fill the night sky and silently float away. [post_title] => Significance of Lanterns During Moon Festival [post_excerpt] => Traditionally, the lantern was symbolic of people letting go of their past and welcoming their new self by getting a new lanterns. The lanterns are almost always red and symbolise good fortune. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => significance-of-lanterns-during-moon-festival [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-28 10:25:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-27 23:25:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://asianinspirations.com.au/?post_type=asian-culture&p=38844 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => asian-culture [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Significance of Lanterns During Moon Festival

For the Chinese, the Moon Festival has its roots as a harvest festival and ancient ties to moon worship. For the children, however, the Moon Festival only means two things, eating sweet mooncakes and playing with lanternsIn fact, most Chinese children look forward to this festival just to carry around and play with lanterns with other children at night. 

Lanterns are one of the most important elements of the Chinese Moon festival and play a significant role in the Chinese mid-autumn festival. Here is the significance of lanterns during moon festival.

significance of moon goddess and lanterns

Image: @felixtriller used under the Creative Commons Licence 

Significance of Lanterns during moon festival

Traditionally, the lantern was symbolic of people letting go of their past and welcoming their new self by getting a new lantern. The lanterns are almost always red and symbolise good fortune. They were mainly used as a toy and decoration.

Today, the lantern has come to symbolise the festival itself. Available in a wide variety of shapes and covered in colourful illustrations, lanterns also signify the prayer for the sunlight and the warmth post harsh winters.

It is a wonderful experience to watch the children make their own lanterns and strut through the streets on the evening of the moon festival.

In some countries, like Taiwan and Thailand, the Chinese communities release sky lanterns, a small hot air balloon made of paper that is lifted up on the hot air from a small lighted candle at its base. It is believed that the height of the lantern is said to determine the level of luck the family will enjoy. The higher the lantern, the luckier the family will be.

Hundreds of thousands of such lanterns are released during the Lantern Festival, creating an enchanting sight as the glow of these lanterns fill the night sky and silently float away.

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