View of the full moon against an ancient building in Shaoxing, East China’s Zhejiang province. [Photo/IC]
《元宵节》(the Lantern Festival)，也被称为灯节、元夕、上元节，是一年中最具象征意义的一个月圆之夜——正月十五。数千年来，人们形成了传统的元宵节习俗，如赏花灯、猜灯谜、放烟火、吃汤圆。这天，合家团聚，乐此不疲。
Guessing lantern riddles
瑞德尔斯维特 ten on the lanterns can inspire wisdom and cater to the festival atmosphere, so many people like it very much. Guessing the answers to lantern riddles gradually became an indispensable part of the Lantern Festival.谜语既能启发智慧，又能烘托节日气氛，深受大众喜爱。元宵节，猜灯谜逐渐成为必不可少的活动之一。
In Chinese Lantern Festival, people enjoy eating Yuanxiao or Tangyuan, small dumpling balls made of glutinous rice flour, as one of the customs.[Photo/viewstock.com]
Eating yuanxiao is another Lantern Festival tradition. Yuanxiao is made of glutinous rice, either solid or stuffed. The stuffing includes bean paste, sugar, hawthorn, various kinds of fruit and so on. It can be boiled, fried or steamed.吃元宵也是元宵节的一个传统习俗。用糯米做的元宵，可以是糯米馅，也可以夹馅。元夜的馅料很多，如豆沙、糖心、山楂和各种水果馅等。烹饪方法也多种多样，水煮，油炸蒸都可以。
在元宵节那天，人们会在家里或街上挂满花灯， It is tradition that people hang lanterns everywhere, in their house or in the streets. The lanterns depict various characters, like flying birds, leaping fishes, and shining fireworks, showing an atmosphere of joy. People will come out and appreciate the beautiful scene.鲜花灯火，五彩缤纷，鸟儿，鲤鱼，烟火等等，到处洋溢着欢乐的气氛。游客可以结伴游览，欣赏花灯美景。
In ancient times, young women, especially daughters of eminent families, hardly stepped out their houses. But during the Lantern Festival, it was a tradition that all people, including those young women, come out for lantern shows.
Watching lanterns at night was just an opportunity for young women to find a man whose appearance appealed to them. Another activity, guessing the answers to lantern riddles, gives young people a chance to interact with each other and know more about each other. For thousands of years, there have been numerous love stories originating during the Lantern Festival.
But in the crowd once and again
I look for her in vain.
When all at once I turn my head,
I find her there where lantern light is dimly shed.