Everyone should know the habit of hanging red lanterns at home during the Chinese New Year. When will the lanterns be hung during the Chinese new year? How many lanterns are better at home for the new year? Why do you hang lanterns during the new year? Let's have a look.
When do you hang lanterns for the Chinese new year
During the Chinese new year, lanterns are usually hung around the new year's Eve or the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month.
The Spring Festival hangs red lanterns symbolizing the meaning of reunion to create a festive atmosphere. Later, lanterns became a symbol of Chinese celebration. After the inheritance and development of Lantern artists in previous dynasties, it has formed rich and colorful varieties and superb technology level. There are palace lanterns, gauze lanterns, chandeliers and so on. In terms of modeling, there are figures, landscapes, flowers and birds, dragons and Phoenix, fish and insects, etc. in addition, there are horse lanterns for people to enjoy. Chinese lanterns are made of bamboo, wood, rattan, straw, animal horn, metal, silk and other materials produced in various regions. Among the lanterns made in ancient China, palace lanterns and gauze lanterns are the most famous.
Chinese lanterns are not only used for lighting, but also a symbol. Wu Dunhou said that he used to make bridal lanterns (palace lanterns) to represent wedding celebrations; Bamboo strip lamp indicates that this is a funeral occasion; Umbrella lamp (surname lamp), because "lamp" and "d" have the same pronunciation, it means that people are prosperous. Therefore, in the past, every family had surname lights, which were hung under the eaves and in the living room. At today's meeting, there are still two big lanterns in front of the head of the gods, which is the continuation of this custom.
How many lanterns are hung at home during the Chinese new year
There is no fixed number of lanterns hung at home during the Chinese new year, but they usually choose even numbers such as 2, 4 and 6.
The meaning of hanging red lanterns during the new year is to welcome the arrival of the new year and have a prosperous and auspicious year.
The second meaning of hanging red lanterns in the new year is to meet the good fortune of the next year. On the eve of new year's Eve, it is two years to leave the old and welcome the new year. The red lanterns are hung high above our heads. People walk around under the lights and look up at the lights. Good luck is at the head, implying that we have good luck in the new year.
The third implication of hanging red lanterns in the new year is that the lamp is homophonic with Ding. Another implication of hanging red lanterns means that the number of people in the family is prosperous and the family is prosperous.
Chinese lanterns originated in the Western Han Dynasty more than 1800 years ago. Every year around the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first lunar month, people hang red lanterns to celebrate. Later, lanterns became a symbol of Chinese celebration. There are more and more kinds and patterns of lanterns.
According to historical records, on the Lantern Festival of the Shangyuan Dynasty during the Tianbao period of the Kaiyuan Dynasty in the Tang Dynasty, there were hundreds of Lantern trees, 80 feet high, standing high in the mountains, visible for hundreds of miles at the night of the Shangyuan Dynasty, and the light captured the moonlight, which became a major landscape at that time. The history of making lanterns in Sanzhao village can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty. Three trillion village lanterns are exported to other parts of China such as Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang, and even East Asia such as South Korea and Hong Kong because of their beautiful appearance, exquisite work, novel and unique patterns, strong local flavor and thick history and culture.
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