February 19, 2105 to March 5, 2015
This Lantern Festival officially ends the Lunar New Year celebration in China. While the Lantern Festival is held throughout the country, one of the most popular celebrations takes place in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.
Close to a million visitors turn out annually for festival activities, which include colorful lantern displays and firework shows. Lanterns range from the traditional red silk with gold trim to glass to neon lanterns that come with special sound and light effects.
Other activities include folk dances and acrobatics performances. While Chengdu is famous as the home of gongbaojiding, a spicy peanut and chicken dish, small dumplings called yuanxiao or tang yuan are the dish of the day.
The festival officially lasts only one day, but Chengdu lights up for lantern festival and has turned their festival into a month-long celebration that mostly takes place in Culture Park and Qingyanggong Park.
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