Lantern Festival Lantern Festival

  "The first month comes in the first month, and the fifteenth day of the first month makes lanterns."

When the first full moon of the Lunar New Year rises into the sky, people decorate with lanterns and festoons, and gather together to enjoy the lanterns, guess lantern riddles, and taste the Lantern Festival, and spend this festive and peaceful reunion night together.

  In the radiant Lantern Festival, gorgeous lanterns can best set off the festive atmosphere.

In recent years, under the background of the integration of culture and tourism, traditional lantern crafts continue to explore new expressions of the times, enriching people's aesthetic experience and festival life.

In many places, all kinds of lantern festivals are held in competition, and all kinds of lantern colors compete with each other. Making lanterns, buying lanterns, hanging lanterns, dancing lanterns, and appreciating lanterns have become an indispensable and exciting project for celebrating the Lantern Festival.

  Shine on traditional culture

  Although the night life of modern people is not short of lighting, the traditional lanterns with various shapes, exquisite and pleasing to the eye still have irreplaceable cultural significance.

The lit lanterns entrust family and nostalgia, carry wishes for a better life, and condense yearning for a happy future.

  Chinese lanterns have a long history, many genres, and countless exquisite works.

Zhejiang Xianju needle-punched boneless lanterns are exquisite and elegant. The patterns on the lamp surface are pierced by knives and needles. The lamp body is boneless and has a variety of shapes. Famous for its silk inlay technique; Guangdong Chaozhou lanterns have a strong local flavor and complicated craftsmanship. Whether it is a screen lamp or a hanging lamp, they are all exquisite and diverse with rich connotations... These wonderfully conceived and finely crafted lanterns are important intangible cultural heritage of our country. It plays an active role in enhancing cultural self-confidence and promoting cultural exchanges.

  In recent years, along with the revitalization of traditional crafts, various places have vigorously promoted traditional lantern crafts and actively created cultural brands. Exquisite handmade lanterns have stepped into contemporary life in the rhythm of the times.

In order to let more young people feel the cultural connotation and spiritual power contained in intangible cultural heritage, many places have launched the "Flower Lantern Entering Campus" activity, established intangible cultural heritage demonstration bases in primary and secondary schools, held lantern interest classes, established lantern societies, and regularly invited Inheritors of intangible cultural heritage teach students... These measures not only enrich the children's study and life, but also deepen their knowledge and understanding of the culture of their hometown.

When the colorful lanterns were lit up, the seeds of traditional culture in the hearts of the children were gradually sprouting.

  During the Lantern Festival, what you enjoy is lanterns and culture.

The inheritance and development of lantern art reflects the evolution of the customs and aesthetic tastes of the Chinese nation, and also contains the cultural core of reunion and blessing that has never changed.

  spark innovation

  "Last year's Lantern Festival, the flower market lights were like daytime." Going to the Lantern Festival is a traditional custom for people to celebrate the Lantern Festival.

Nowadays, the lantern fairs in many places have a new look on the basis of inheriting the tradition, turning into an art event.

  Rabbit lanterns and revolving horse lanterns are hung high, and various large-scale lantern groups have various postures. New content and new forms add a different color to the traditional lantern fair.

In order to meet the aesthetic needs of contemporary audiences, many large-scale lantern festivals have actively innovated in the theme content, not only seeking inspiration from myths and classics, but also drawing nutrients from real life and popular culture.

Some carefully designed space-themed lanterns with a sense of technology to let people unleash their imaginations; some gathered local characteristic buildings in the form of lanterns to highlight the charm of regional culture; some combined lanterns with animation images to attract young audiences" Check in"... Walking through the Lantern Festival, the atmosphere of the times blows in your face.

To realize the modern expression of traditional lighting art, it is inseparable from the continuous exploration of art forms.

In recent years, Sichuan Zigong International Dinosaur Lantern Festival has paid more attention to the integration and innovation of art and technology. The design and production of its lanterns not only use modern materials such as glass, nylon, and steel frames, but also effectively combine sound and light. The new concept of new media art creation explores the interaction between exhibits and exhibits, audience and exhibits, and brings many possibilities for the innovative development of traditional crafts.

There are also some lantern festivals that create immersive interactive performances based on traditional sightseeing projects. For example, the Nanjing Qinhuai Lantern Festival will simultaneously hold Shangyuan Market and costume performances, which enrich the traditional lantern festival form and bring new experiences to the audience.

  With the development of science and technology, emerging media forms such as live broadcast and short video have provided new opportunities for the spread of folk culture, and also brought new tourists to traditional lantern festivals.

This year, the Shanghai Yuyuan Lantern Festival is inspired by "The Classic of Mountains and Seas", and through the interpretation of modern lanterns, it presents a wonderland of oriental aesthetics to people.

At the same time, Yu Garden also launched a slow live broadcast online. With the help of augmented reality technology, virtual beasts were placed on the screen, which aroused many young people's interest in traditional culture.

Online, the dissemination of short videos related to traditional lantern festivals has also brought more little-known folk culture into the public eye.

Wangmantian Village is a small village located in Huangshan, Anhui. Every year around the Lantern Festival, the villagers will spontaneously organize a grand fish lantern festival.

In the past, only villagers participated in the Fish Lantern Festival. Now, with the help of the Internet, Fish Lantern attracts a large number of tourists to come and experience it. The beauty and romance of the Chinese New Year are blooming gorgeously in small villages.

  In the form that people like to hear and see, the ancient folk culture tradition is continued in innovation, which is the source of vitality of the contemporary lantern festival.

  Decorate thousands of households

  Different lanterns, similar sentiments.

Appreciating lanterns during the Lantern Festival is not only about playing and having fun, but more importantly, it brings the emotional distance closer to each other in the interaction.

In recent years, creative handmade products and activities inspired by lanterns have been continuously launched, making traditional crafts no longer the "patent" of skilled craftsmen, but allowing more people to participate and share the joy of the New Year.

  In the manual practice, the fun of creation and the sense of ritual of the festival become stronger.

Some museums launch lantern-making experience activities during festivals and invite experts to teach on-site. For example, the China Arts and Crafts Art Museum combined with the Spring Lantern Exhibition launched the "Appreciating Lanterns to Learn Intangible Cultural Heritage, Colorful Lantern Festival" research activities, which attracted many young people to sign up to participate.

There are also some museums that use the collection of cultural relics as the basis to develop related cultural and creative products to decorate thousands of households with small lanterns. For example, the Palace Museum designed hexagonal palace lantern cultural and creative products inspired by the rabbits in ancient paintings.

Unlike plastic electronic music lanterns that "sing" when opened, consumers need to manually assemble and insert them to get their own paper art lanterns.

Handmade lanterns may not be perfect, but they have a familiar flavor of the New Year. Giving them to relatives and friends can add warmth to good wishes.

  All kinds of lanterns not only make the light of culture brighter, but also make the beauty of life more charming.

Strolling on the streets, the colorful lantern theme decorations dress up the urban space; in shopping malls, indoor lantern shows and other Lantern Festival market activities allow people to enjoy a cultural feast while shopping; traditional folk activities such as lantern festivals in tourist attractions around the world The holding of the festival will further expand the cultural connotation of the festival and enrich the cultural life of the masses.

Overseas, the continuous holding of the "Chinese Lantern Festival" has allowed more foreign friends to appreciate the charm of China's excellent traditional culture and become another window for the world to know China.

The festive activities carried out with lanterns as the carrier are helping the ancient skills to take root and radiate new vitality.

  The Lantern Festival carries people's wishes for reunion, harmony and happiness.

As the "messenger" of the Lantern Festival, each lantern connects the emotional ties of the Chinese nation and carries a timeless cultural tradition.

Continue to promote the creative transformation and innovative development of traditional folk culture and handicrafts, so that excellent cultural heritage can coexist with contemporary life, and the beauty of Chinese culture hidden in the ingenuity will surely further bloom the brilliance of the times.

  (The author is Lu Mingxuan, associate professor of China University of Political Science and Law)

  People's Daily