Lanterns play a big part in Chinese culture and especially during Chinese New Year– which is actually a 16-day long celebration. The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the festivities, ending the Chinese New Year period.
As with the Western tradition of taking Christmas decorations down on the 6 January, the Lantern Festival signals the removal of New Year decorations. The Lanterns Festival is the first full moon night in the Chinese calendar, heralding the return of spring and the start of new beginnings. Lanterns come in many shapes and sizes – they can be fixed or held or even floating. Lanterns are lit to show appreciation of the bright, new full moon.