This festival celebrates the beginning of spring, and the culmination of the Spring Festival.
Huge lanterns of different shapes are hung on streets, homes, and fairs. During the day, performances and dances such as a dragon lantern dance, a lion dance, a land boat dance, a yangge dance, walking on stilts, and beating drums while dancing are enjoyed by the young and the old.
With such a vast country and varied geography, it is not surprising that the Chinese way of life differs from area to area, and the traditions and customs of people seem mysterious and complex to some Westerners.
This may be in part due to the fact that China has been inhabited by many different ethnic groups.
They also exercised their creative muscles in various forms of artistic practices ranging from pottery to literature and painting to music.It is the oldest form of written language to be in use even today, and has undergone only minor modifications through the centuries.The writing system used by the Chinese is extremely unique as it is based on symbols that have no phonetic value.With the passage of time, however, Chinese family values have undergone a sea change.
Even then there are some aspects of the Chinese culture that are still the same.Burning fireworks was once the most typical custom of the Spring Festival and the spluttering sound was thought to drive away evil spirits.