The Lantern Festival occurs every year on the 15th day of the first lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which is February 15 this year. It marks the end of Spring Festival celebrations as well.
In addition to Nanjing, China's largest lantern festival celebration is held in Shanghai, Beijing, and other cities as well as counties throughout China.
This festival includes lantern displays, bowls of glutinous rice balls stuffed with stuffing, and a game of riddles dating back to the Han Dynasty (202 BC-AD 220).
Yuan Xiao Jie is known for lighting and appreciating lanterns. Lanterns are everywhere including in houses, shopping malls, parks, and streets.
During the Lantern Festival, dragons and lions are often seen dancing together. The lion is regarded as a symbol of courage and strength
Tangyuan are China's most traditional food, a ball-shaped dumpling filled with fillings, made with glutinous rice flour. They are sweet and usually made with various fillings.