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2009 Lantern Festival in Xiamen

Lantern Festival is celebrated on 15th day of Jan, lunar calendar

To celebrate the Spring Festival and the Lantern Festival, and in order to keep Xiamen’s public entertained over the special period, a lantern show will be held at Bailuzhou Park, Xiamen as from 28th Jan 2009..

Hundreds of lanterns made by the artists from local Xiamen, Taiwan, Kinmen, Penghu, Quanzhou, Nanjing and Yangzhou etc can be seen on the show.

The designer of the lantern show introduced that, this year's lantern show highlights the Cross-Strait relationship and culture exchange, special lanterns are made by Taiwan artists which are designed according to the landmark buildings in Taichung, Kinmen and Penghu respectively. And a specific display zones are set for traditional lighting enterprises such as the ones from Quanzhou, Nanjing and Yangzhou etc.

Apart from lantern show, many other traditional activities and games will be available for the public, such as lantern lighting ceremony, small goods display etc.

Lantern Festival and lantern show is a colourful event which marks the end of the New Year celebrations; it is aslo a night colours event in which thousands of lanterns are lit up all over China. It was originated from Han Dynasty, which at the time being developed in an attempt to popularize Buddhism, and it was subsequently incorporated into Chinese folklore.

The Lantern Show in Xiamen will last from 18:30 to 22:30, on the night of 28th Jan. to 12th Feb. 2009, at Bailuzhou Park.

From: XMNN 2009-1-27

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