The Lantern Festival dates back to legends of the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) over 2000 years ago. There are many legends that attributed to this festival celebrated globally.
In one such legend, the Jade Emperor who rules the nine Heavens was so angered at a town for killing his favorite goose, that he decided to destroy it with a storm of fire. He ordered the God of Fire to raze the town to ashes.
A fairy, who wanted to save this town, worked with the God of Fire to save this poor town. They came up with a plan, and told the town folks to light lanterns on every household, lined with red paper.
The townsfolk did as they were told, and from the Heavens, the red paper lanterns looked as if the village was ablaze in flames.
Satisfied that his goose had already been avenged, the Jade Emperor soon forgot all about the matter.
From that day on, people celebrated the anniversary of their deliverance by carried lanterns of different shapes and colors through the streets on the first full moon of the year, providing a spectacular backdrop for lion dances, dragon dances, and fireworks.