2023's Lantern Festival: When, Why, and How

The Lantern Festival occurs on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month of the Chinese calendar, at the full moon.

also known as the Shangyuan Festival or the Festival of the Floating Lanterns.

This day marks the conclusion of the traditional Chinese New Year festivities. February 5, 2023, will be the Chinese Lantern Festival.

The origins of the Lantern Festival can be traced back to more than 2,000 years ago. The festival's beginnings can be found during Emperor Ming's rule of the Han dynasty.

Chinese people gather with friends and family to celebrate the Lantern Festival, a significant event.

The igniting of the lanterns could be interpreted as people letting go of the past year and its happenings and beginning over with hope and optimism.