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Chinese Lantern Festival 3-5 Saturday

A Chinese Lantern Festival is 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Fellowship, 1025 First Ave. Westminster is the Presbyterian Church (USA) college ministry of Columbus State University. Free Chinese food will be served.

The Lantern Festival, also known as the Shang Yuan Festival, is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar. It is not to be confused with the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is also sometimes known as the "Lantern Festival" in locations such as Singapore, and Malaysia. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying rabbit-shaped lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns, according to wikipedia.com.

In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, for only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones; in modern times, lanterns have been embellished with many complex designs. For example, lanterns are now often made in shapes of animals.

The Lantern Festival is also known as the Little New Year since it marks the end of the series of celebrations starting from the Chinese New Year. Koreans celebrate this festival as the Daeboreum.

Call 706-322-4523.

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