The Lantern Festival signifies the end of the Chinese New Year celebration and falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month. There are many theories surrounding the origin of the Lantern Festival, but it is a wide-spread custom throughout China and other parts of Asia. This day is typically spent with family enjoying food such as yuanxiao (rice dumplings), taking in lion dances and other performances, as well as amazing displays of lanterns in the streets.
Kids participate in the Lantern Festival by carrying paper lanterns of their own. Riddles are also a big part of the tradition. Lantern makers attach riddles to their creations and those who guess the answers correctly get little prizes.
Celebrating the Lantern Festival at home is easy (and fun)—plus it makes the house look pretty. This craft is ideal for kids four to 10 (my daughter is a preschooler), but really, even I enjoyed it. And you probably already have everything your kids need to make paper lanterns! See more here.