A Google Doodle Honors the Day

Lanterns light up the night sky, signaling the Lantern Festival. This year, Lunar New Year ends on February 24, the 15th day of the first lunar month.  

The Lantern Festival combines tradition, celebration, and hope for the year ahead with vibrant parades and whimsical lantern displays.  

Lantern Festival dates back over 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty. Legend has it that the festival was started to guide celestial spirits back to heaven after Lunar New Year.   

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It became a celebration of unity, family, and prosperity.A special Google doodle says, “People have celebrated the Lantern Festival for over 2,000 years, but its origin is debated.  

A popular legend says townspeople used lanterns to save their village and that they were first offerings to gods.  

The Jade Emperor planned to burn a town, but its residents used glowing red lanterns to make it appear to be burning, leaving them alone.  

Lanterns illuminate Asian cities from dusk to dawn. Some ways to celebrate this day.   

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