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Celebrating the end of the Chinese New Year, decorative lanterns
are used to brighten up parks and other public spaces symbolising the light and hope for the new year.
The Spring Lantern Festival begins fifteen days after New Year's Day. It is celebrated
with lantern shows. Children display their lanterns in a night time parade.
Popularly referred to as Chinese Valentine's Day, this festival
marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Based on an old Chinese tradition, flower
markets, restaurants, homes and parks are filled with colourful lanterns in traditional designs.
During the festival, singles gather to play matchmaking games with the lanterns, to determine
who will be their lover.
The Spring Lantern Festival is also seen as a time to find love
and many matchmaking events take place as part of the celebrations.
Other attractions and entertainments include a flower market,
food stalls, market traders and street entertainers such as Chinese Opera.
During Spring Lantern festival, red lanterns can be seen everywhere.
Many types of delicate and splendidly ornamented lanterns are exhibited.
Major parks are filled with brightly colored lanterns of almost every design possible.
From the small lantern on a stick to a full size three-story building lit-up from the inside.
In the evening, the local people would go there to see the
beautiful lighted lanterns on display.
Lanterns shows and exhibitions are held in the major parks in Hong Kong
(Victoria Park), Kowloon (Ko Shan Road Park) and New Territories (Sha Tin).
There are many different stories about the origins of the Lantern Festival.
Festival has been in practice for around 2 000 years.
Many lanterns are made to reflect historical Chinese themes, and depict scenes
from stories and legends that express traditional values.
The Spring Lantern Festival is also called "Yuen Siu" festival
or "Sheung Yuen" Festival.