The 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival was a beautiful occasion celebrating the Chinese Year of the Monkey, officially titled Golden Monkey Offering Peaches! Given the love we have for the little Lee Renee Monkey necklaces – it has been super exciting and hard to resist looking at photos of this stunning festival. COLLECTION: Monkey Necklaces…
Known as the Shangyuan Festival, it takes place 15 days after the lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) and is celebrated all over the world. The biggest and best parties are in China including the island of Taiwan. New Taipei City sits in the north of Taiwan and every year, it is one of many places where hundreds of orange-glowing lanterns are released into the sky.
It celebrates the first full moon of the New Year – with celebrations for its symbolism as perfection and unity. Wonderfully romantic! As you would expect, beautiful lanterns are made into large parades and decorate the streets of New Tapei City.
Loved ones gather together together and eat tangyuan – pronounced the same way as the Chinese word translating to union. So these little rice flour balls are also eaten at weddings and family reunions but, are best known as the treat of the wonderful Lantern Festival.
Next year, we want to be there to see it in person - although Chiswick Gardens held their own lantern festival this year (bit closer to home). And of course, please don’t alarm your neighbours and the wildlife by sending your own tea lights into the sky… Make yourself some celebratory tangyuan instead and hang on until February 2017. We’ll see you there!