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As the two-week Spring Festival celebrations draw to a close, people are counting down the days until the celebrations for the Year of the Ox.

the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations in China is a holiday called the Lantern Festival, or yuanxiao jie. It falls annually on the 15th day of the first lunar month, and has many traditions associated with it.

During the Lantern Festival, houses are decked out with colorful displays of lanterns, and children are often given small ones to hold. The lanterns come in all shapes and sizes, resembling animals, fruits, and symbols of good fortune in Chinese culture.

Falling on the 15th day of the first lunar month, the festival is thought to date back to the West Han Dynasty (202 B.C. - 8) as a tribute to a Taoist god Tai Yi, believed at the time to be the highest deity and creator of the universe.

However, the festival was not widely marked as a traditional folk holiday until the Sui (581-618) and Tang 618-907) Dynasties, and it was not without the push of the rulers back then.

It's also customary for riddles to be written on the lanterns, a tradition that's said to go back to the Song Dynasty (960–1279). The one who guesses the answer correctly can take the paper slip containing the riddle to the lantern's owner and claim a small prize.

It's time again for the Lantern Festival, considered by many as the conclusion and final carnival of Spring Festival celebrations.