Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lantern Festival - Solving Riddles

You can find all our posts on Chinese New Year HERE
Riddle solving is an anticipated part of the lantern festival. The Chinese love riddles and puns, and solving the lantern riddles is often rewarded with a small gift.

In the past, the riddles were extremely difficult to solve, creating the saying that guessing the riddles was as hard as fighting with a tiger, so that lantern riddles have been given another name - 'lantern tigers'.


I found various riddles online, typed them in a Chinese style font, and attached the to the bottom of our lanterns with sticky tack (see lantern tutorials parts 1, 2, & 3).I've included a printable at the bottom of this post if you want to include riddles in your lantern festival celebration. 

We created a special riddle for my mother, whose birthday we will be celebrating later today. It's fun to hear the guesses the girls offer up as answers, and fun to hear them come up with their own riddles. We'll be bringing these, and riddles invented by the girls, to my mother's birthday celebration and see who can solve the most.

Take a look at these Photos to see lantern tigers in China.

Printable Lantern Riddles

Update
Miss Panda Chinese also has printable lantern riddles you can find here.

Learn about the lantern festival, make lanterns (herehere and here), and taste glutinous rice balls in preparation for the festival.



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