2019-03-15 阅读 :


  The Lantern Festival has been part of Chinese New Year celebrations since the Han Dynasty (206 BC- 221 AD). Usually held on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar, it marks the end of New Year festivities.

  It is said that the holiday evolved from an ancient Chinese belief that celestial spirits could be seen flying about in the light of the first full moon of the lunar calendar. To aid them in their search for the spirits they used torches. These torches gave way to lanterns of every shape, size and colour.

  The Lantern Festival is also popularly referred to as the Chinese Valentine’s Day because in days of old it gave girls and boys a rare chance to go out in the evening and mingle. Today, lantern festivals are held each year in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan to mark the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. Competitions are held to select the best lanterns.

  The lanterns

  The lanterns come in all shapes and sizes. Some are created in the form of animals, insects, flowers, people or even machines or buildings. Others depict scenes from popular stories teaching filial piety and traditional values. A favourite subject is the zodiac animal of the year - which in 2014 will be the horse.

  Lantern riddles (cai deng mi)

  Part of the lantern festival tradition involves a game to guess riddles attached to the lanterns. In the old days the riddles were obscure literary allusions to the Chinese classics and so were mainly the preserve of the educated classes.

  Special foods

  Like most Chinese festivals, the Lantern Festival has its own special food, called "tang yuan". These are round, glutinous rice dumplings with sweet or spicy fillings. The dumplings are said to symbolise both the first full moon and family unity and completeness.


  Stilt-walking, drumming and dragon and lion dancing are all traditional forms of festival entertainment. In Asia, it is not uncommon to see processions of hundred-foot long dragons, lit with flashing eyes and luminous bodies, accompanied by pounding drums, cymbals and brass instruments.












更多 英文美文英语美文英文短文英语短文请继续关注 英语作文大全

英文博客网 - 中国最大的英语写作网站与英语学习者交流社区! - 英语日记 英语周记 英文交流社区

本文标题:带你读懂中国元宵节 - 英语短文_英语美文_英文美文


  • 双语美文:喜欢与爱的区别

       The distance between favor and love is not so far, but fewer people can easily change favor into love. Walking around the favor forever, you can always have a slight feeling of swe...

    2019-03-15 09:43:30
  • 双语美文:孤单时可以安慰心灵的9件事

       Even introverts know what loneliness feels like. There is a key difference between being alone and feeling lonely. “Alone” is a state of being by oneself without others around, a...

    2019-03-15 09:43:27
  • 英国男士心目中的完美女友

      一项最新调查揭示,英国男士心目中的完美女友身高5英尺5英寸,是曼联队的粉丝,说话还带有爱尔兰口音。  当问及哪位明星最接近他们心目中的完美女友时,凯莉·布鲁克、谢丽尔·科尔和杰西卡·恩妮斯呼声最...

    2019-03-15 09:43:27
  • 马上就能实践的30个省钱妙招

       Everyone's making plans for a fresh start this year, and if one of your goals is to save money, make a few changes here and there to save a little or a lot of money. Remember t...

    2019-03-15 09:43:26
  • 元宵节经典诗词英译赏析


    2019-03-15 09:43:24
  • 性格影响体重 你是哪种性格?

       Whether you're the life of the party, a bookworm or a night owl, your personality plays a surprisingly large role in your ability to slim down. Follow this guide to discover yo...

    2019-03-15 09:43:24
  • 20个习惯让你成为幸福的人

       I think of myself as the happiest person whenever I walk into a room, and most people notice my smile right away. Here are 20 ways you can find yourself as happy as I am.  1. Let...

    2019-03-15 09:43:23
  • 最佳情人节礼物 早晨的一个吻别

       Women don’t want sexy underwear for Valentine’s Day, research shows.  调查发现,女人在情人节并不想要性感的内衣作为礼物。  In fact, most would rather have a kiss goodbye on the...

    2019-03-15 09:43:21
  • 带你读懂中国元宵节

        The Lantern Festival has been part of Chinese New Year celebrations since the Han Dynasty (206 BC- 221 AD). Usually held on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar, i...

    2019-03-15 09:43:21
  • 幸福婚姻的秘诀:每周亲吻10次

      据《每日邮报》报道,一项美国研究揭示,幸福婚姻的秘诀就是每周亲吻10次,每周说10次“我爱你”,每个月至少约会三次。有三个共同的兴趣爱好、每年出去度假两次也是幸福婚姻的必备要素。  研究还发现,美国...

    2019-03-15 09:43:21