元宵节 (Lantern Festival) & 情人节 (Valentine’s Day)


Valentine’s Day is fixed on the 14th February every year while 元宵节 (the Lantern Festival) is celebrated on the 15th day of the Chinese New Lunar year, so it changes every year on the calendar.

元宵节 (Yuan Xiao Jie, Lantern Festival) is a very important day in China. This the day when all family members get together to celebrate the last day of the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year or 春节). People eat sticky rice balls which means 团圆(Tuan Yuan,reunion) and kids play with Lanterns.

Valentine’s day is relatively new to China, it only became popular after year 2000. It was translated as “情人节”(Qing Ren Jie). Originally, “情人” means “lover” or even “mistress” in Chinese. Not so many families in China celebrate Valentine’s Day.

This year (2014), these two festivals came on the SAME day! 14th February.

It made many young people hard to choose either to celebrate 元宵节 (Lantern Festival) with family or stay with “lover” for 情人节 (Valentine’s Day).

What will you do?

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