Spring Lantern Festivals are
an ancient public ritual, traditionally celebrated in China on the
fifteenth day of the first month of the Chinese New Year. They mark the
end of the series of Chinese New Year celebrations each year.
During the Lantern Festivals, children traditionally go out at night
carrying bright decorated lanterns.
The 'Spirit' Chinese
Spring Lantern Festival was held in the evenings from February 22 to
March 9, 2008, in the Royal Botanic Garden greenhouses in Edinburgh,
This marked the launch of 'China Now' in Scotland, a year-long
showcase of Chinese culture, exploring the ancient and modern links
between the two countries.