The Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, usually in February or March in the Gregorian calendar. This year the festival falls on March 5.
 
Colorful lanterns of all sizes and shapes have always been the main feature of the Lantern Festival.
 
Traditionally, the festival has been celebrated by folks carrying hand lanterns. With technology development, more high-tech touch will be added to the tradition. Various celebrations are thus to be held to embrace the festival across the province, ranging from theme lantern displays, folk arts and performances to fireworks display.
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Meixi Lake Lightened by 2015 International Festival of Lights
The 2015 International Festival of Lights at Meixi Lake was officially open to the citizens on the evening of February 14 and will last till March 8.
 
The sheep-themed works are mainly placed at Meixi Lake North Avenue, Luyun Avenue and Ginkgo Park. They were presented in both “Chinese style” to symbolize prosperity and flourish, and “creative style” like “Trees for Blessing” and “Ice and Snow”. In addition, the creative lights for long-term decoration on both sides of Longwanggang Riverway are turned on, creating a joyous atmosphere with a sea of visitors and lights. More
 
First China (Changsha) Orange Isle Lantern Art Festival 2015
Nearly one hundred sets of lanterns will be displayed to make the festival more spectacular, with the best design, and the most original concept. Orange Isle decorated by lanterns will become a world of flaming red covering Changsha sky.A huge dragon, measuring 1200 meters in length and 12 meters in height, is displayed in Orange Isle Park.The design inherits the essence of the Chinese dragon of five thousand years and symbolizing the flourishing of the Chinese nation. More
 
Chenzhou Villagers Hold Traditional Rites for Harvest and Safety
On March 3, Zhengyuan Villagers in Chenzhou were engaged in a rehearsal of “Huoxianniu” to greet the approaching Lantern Festival. Farm cattle is convinced to be guidance patron saint of the village. On the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, villagers perform bullfight dance with straw bundles which are inserted with litten incenses as well as fire dragon dance to celebrate the festival, wishing a safe and prosperous new year. More
 
Folk Performance "Taigushi" Starts in Hunan
Children perform "Taigushi" (carry stories) in Changle Town of Miluo City, central China's Hunan Province, March 2, 2015. "Taigushi" listed as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2011, is a folk performance during which children dressed up as heroes and heroines in traditional Chinese fairy tales and local operas, perform on planks carried by adults. More
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Youxian County Launches Second Spring Festival Folk Custom Festival
In accordance with the principle of “Benefiting and Entertaining People’s Livelihood”, the Second Spring Festival Folk Custom Festival of Youxian County & Lunar New Year Custom Exhibition, co-hosted by the Youxian Bureau of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television and the Liantang’ao Town People’s Government, was launched on February 19 (the first day of the first lunar month) and will last till the evening of March 5 (the 15th day of the first lunar month). More
 
Changsha Temple Fairs in Bloom for Lunar New Year
The 2015 temple fair at Changsha Fire Palace featurs numerous events themed “Memorable Changsha New Year”, “Delicious Changsha New Year”, “Attractive Changsha New Year”, “Locally-featured Changsha New Year”, which would last until the fifth day of the first month of lunar year. On the day of Lantern Festival, there will be a parade of 200 people, and childhood memories such as gongs and drums, red lanterns, color dragon boat, string lights will be presented at the temple fair. More
 
Fireworks Display at Orange Isle
The fireworks to be displayed on March 5 at Orange Isle, Changsha City, is one of the most popular and anticipated events of the Lantern Festival. All fireworks products of the festival are sulfur-free and smokeless. The best sites to appreciate the show are on the top of Yuelu Mountain and around Du Fu Pavilion.

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