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Lantern Festival Comes Across Valentine's Day    

By Panda
3088 Views | 6 Comments | 2/14/2014 2:33:26 PM

Lantern Festival falls on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. This is the first full moon of the new year, symbolizing unity and perfection. The day of Horse Year is on February 14 of the Gregorian calendar, so this day is not only the traditional Chinese valentine's day "Lantern Festival” , but also happens to be "Valentine's Day" in the western tradition. The "jolly meeting" situation repeats every 19 years, the last time came in 1995, the next will appear in 2033.



The Lantern Festival is known as Chinese "Valentine's Day", and is the first night of full moon of the year round. The parade in the feudal society, it was the day that created opportunities for unmarried men and women get to know each other. The young girls were not allowed to go out for free activities on ordinary days, and Lantern Festival was the only day that they could come out to play together, the chance to find Mr Right. A lot of literature and drama works have been spread, there are many old stories which tell young men and women in 元宵yuanxiao nights who had romantic love leading to marriage. 欧阳修Ouyang xiu's "The moon rose above the willow tree, At dusk he had a tryst with me.” “月上柳梢头,人约黄昏后”, 辛弃疾Xin qiji's “Hundreds and thousands of times, for her I searched in chaos, suddenly, I turned by chance, to where the lights were waning, and there she stood!" “众里寻他千百度,蓦然回首,那人却在灯火阑珊处”, such sentences all are the true portrayal of 元宵yuanxiao "Valentine's Day" activities.



I would like to share with you all, two famous poems, enjoy!



生查子(欧阳修)



去年元夜时,

花市灯如昼。

月上柳梢头,

人约黄昏后。



今年元夜时,

月与灯依旧。

不见去年人,

泪湿青衫袖。



Tune:“Mountain Hawthorn”



By Ou-yang Xiu (1007-1072)



Last year on this moonlit spring night,

Lanterns in Flower Fair were bright.

The moon rose above the willow tree,

At dusk he had a tryst with me.



This year on the same moonlit night,

The moon and lanterns are as bright.

Where is my beloved of last year?

My sleeves are wet with tear on tear.



青玉案 (辛弃疾)



东风夜放花千树,更吹落、星如雨。

宝马雕车香满路。

凤箫声动,玉壶光转,一夜鱼龙舞。

蛾儿雪柳黄金缕,笑语盈盈暗香去。

众里寻他千百度。

蓦然回首,那人却在,灯火阑珊处。



The Lantern Festival

--A Lyric Verse by Xin Qiji (1140-1207)



Lanterns look like thousands of flowers aglow;

Later like stars, from the skies, fallen below.

On main streets, horses and carriages ply.

There, ladies shed perfume, as they pass by.

Orchestral music and song greet our ears,

As the moon, slow and steady, eastward veers.

Of the Spring Festival, this night marks the end.

The whole night, capering, carps and dragons spend.

Adorned with ribbons or paper flowers on their head,

Clad in their best raiment, something bright or red,

Women squeeze their way among the festive crowd,

As they talk and laugh; even giggle aloud.

Rouged and powdered; perfumed to their heart's content,

They cannot but leave behind a subtle scent.

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Up and down the main streets, I must have run—

A thousand times or more in quest of one,

Who I have concluded, cannot be found;

For, everywhere, no trace of her can be seen,

When, all of a sudden, I turned about,

That's her, where lanterns are few and far between.


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#2014-02-14 14:44:00 by panda2009 @panda2009

Because 元宵(yuan xiao) is homophony as 缘消(yuan xiao)(destiny of love disappear), so I suggest all of us having a happy Lantern Festival, when the Lantern Festival comes across Valentine's Day.(rofl)

#2014-02-14 14:49:07 by dancingshoes @dancingshoes

nice article!

#2014-02-14 22:00:03 by panda2009 @panda2009

On February 14, 2014, the fifteenth day of the first lunar month is the Lantern Festival, coincides with the most romantic Valentine's Day in the west. When yuanxiao comes cross roses, how to spend these two festivals on the same day? And how will impact the spark the spirit of the eastern and western cultural differences? What the history and customs China's traditional Lantern Festival has?

Ladies and Gentlemen, please feel free to comment!

#2014-02-15 00:47:20 by QinQL @QinQL

Cao Hui,您真有颗慧心。刚好在这个美好的日子里(当然也要谢谢CLM的精心安排)让我们在欢度节日的同时,也能重温古人“此时”此景经典爱情诗的浪漫(谢谢您提供中英文版,让我们方便学点英文,也能让这里的洋帅哥们领略到中国传统文化之美),还了解了更多这3个节日的知识 !(y) 。

祝您节日快乐!和您一样,也特别期待您的儿子能顺利地到法国深造。

#2014-02-15 11:11:04 by Barry1 @Barry1

The lanterns come, the lanterns go
But where is my love, I do not know
I cry out in vain, oh woe is me
I need dear love, please near to me

The heavens open, the rain does pour
Suddenly see her, my spirits soar
Dear dear love, at last is found
Sitting alone, sleeping so sound

But when I approach, sadness begins
Tears flow, and horror wins
For dear love, sitting beside her cart,
In fact is dead, with knife through heart

The lanterns come, the lanterns go
Why's life so painful, I do not know
I grab the knife, pushing away the cart
and plunge it deeply, into my heart

Without dear love, I cannot survive
I wish to be gone, no longer alive
The lanterns come, the lanterns go
Sad story of life, its ebb and flow

#2014-02-15 13:31:36 by panda2009 @panda2009

@QinQL

谢谢你美好的祝愿!
因时间仓促,赶在节日前帖上这篇特别的博文,所以没展开太多内容,但迅速查到了这两首脍炙人口的诗歌的英文版本,以飨英文读者。

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