Lantern festival is celebrated on the 15th night of the new Lunar year and marks the end of the festivities. Apparently, the origins of the festival can be traced back to the first century CE. Traditionally, large paper lanterns are heated by small candles and then rise into the air. They symbolise letting go of your old self and bringing in a new you. You would write on the lantern your wishes for the new year which would then be lifted up to the Gods. This setting off lanterns into the sky is bigger in Taiwan and, anyhow, it was pretty windy which mean several, of the few we saw, burnt before they took flight.
The other things about it is the amount of fireworks. Although traditionally, I think, a new year thing they seem to be much more common at lantern festival, at least on the mainland.
Last night was lantern festival. Although big on fireworks here this is not such a major thing compared to Taipei. The lanterns follow on from the Lunar New Year and generally seem to mark the end of the new year celebrations. The big event takes place just outside Taipei in Pingshi (平溪區) with paper lanterns with a candle providing the heat to set them going. You write your wishes for the year on them then send them up to the skies.
It is quite amazing that a little tea candle can provide enough heat to lift it.
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