I have writing a post about Lantern Festival activities, it costs me much time to finish it, I need to up my English skill level.
In Chinese Lantern Festival, there are so many folk activities in this Festival not only watching the lantern display, now I’ll introduce most of the Lantern Festival activities often show in the Lantern Festival for you.
1. Giant Lantern Display
As we know that the most important activity is watching the lantern display. I have post many information about it, in this post I’ll not talk too much about it.
2.Palm fibre weaving
Palm fibre weaving can make many great folk crafts which were made with hemp palm, like the bird, grasshopper and so on, it often exhibitis in the lantern display ground, people will watch the craftsmen’s show, and buy his crafts.
3. A drum-shaped rattle for children
Many people will buy a rattle drum for their children in Lantern Festival, When the seller keeps rocking their drum, the children often ask their mother for this gift.
In the Lantern Festiva facts, I have said the Chinese Lantern Festival is Chinese Valentine’s Day, in the ancient, if a girl is not good at embroidry, she would be thought that she is not a good wife, so even in the recent, this traditional craft is often exhibition in the Lantern Festival, people often buy a animal embroidery of this year for the next year’s auspicious.
5.Dragon and Phoenix Calligraphy
A painting viewed from afar looks like a dragon and phoenix, but nearly see is your name, some folk calligrapher often show their high-level skill in the Lantern Festival, if you paid some money, they will creat a unique Dragon and Phoenix Calligraphy with your name for you, in this year, a disabled person uses his mouth to creat a paining for me.
6. Chinese Kungfu show
Chinese Kungfu show also know as the Chinese martial arts, it is originated from Chinese ancient ancestors’ productive labor . It takes skill-hit as the main content and wrestling as the movement form which highlights Chinese traditional sport items. It is a valuable cultural heritage that the Chinese people accumulated for a long time. In the picture, you can see some Shaolin disciplesshow their Kungfu in the Lantern Festival.
7. Dragon Dance
Dragon is a very important and holy animal for Chinese, the Dragon Dance originated during the Han Dynasty, it is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese Lantern Festival. It likes the lion dance which is most often seen in festival celebrations.
8. Lion Dance
Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume. The lion dance is often mistaken as dragon dance. An easy way to tell the difference is that a lion is operated by two people, while a dragon needs many people. Also, in a lion dance, the performers’ faces are covered, since they are inside the lion.
Chinese acrobatics performance already had a more than 2,500 years’ history in China, it’s as a folk art to display human body skills . It often show with other art like song , dance , Zaju , puppet etc in the Lantern Festival’s arena.
Opera Show is originated from primitive songs and dances. Through a long-time development and absorbtion of many factors like folk dance, performance, Kungfu and other art. It forms an artistic expression form of using multiway to express life and build personages. Chinese opera show embodies the unique opera ascetic ideas and artistic features of Chinese nation.
11.Face Changing Show
Sichuan opera is the operatic-tune art form with Sichuan charateristics. Face changing and spitting fire are the two most common and influential traditional stunts in Sichuan opera performance art. Its basic goal lies in helping to portray personages’ image .
Lantern Festival is a happy holidays, surely it can not out of firecrackers, especially the celebration of Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival by Chinese communities around the world.
13. Guessing the Lantern riddles
People in the festival must guess the answer from a word , a poem or a phrase, guessing the riddles are as hard as fighting with a tiger, so that lantern riddles have another name - ‘lantern tigers’ .
The Chinese Puppet Show is known as mu’ouxi (play of wooden dolls), in the country, which has its roots in remote time. Traditionally, Puppet Show comes in three forms: the rod-top puppet, the marionette or string puppet and the glove or hand puppet. In China, the rod-top puppet is the most popular show.
Shadow Theater is the appellation of shadow show and its personages products ( including props and sceneries) . Chinese Shadow Theater, which is simple and elegant with profound national flavour, has the value both for appreciation and reservation.
After all, I think you can know about the Lantern Festival is a carrier of culture, not only Chinese folk activities can show in this festival, anything you can think will very easy join the Lantern Festival. So, When we creat the Lantern Festival in other country, China and other country’s culture and activities can very easy hybrid.
other article: Lantern riddles of history