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The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, and traditionally ends the Chinese New Year period. In 2016 it falls on February 22.

The Lantern Festival is the last day (traditionally) of China's most important festival, Spring Festival (春节 Chūnjié /chwn-jyeah/ a.k.a. the Chinese New Year festival). After the Lantern Festival, Chinese New Year taboos are no longer in effect, and all New Year decorations are taken down.

The Lantern Festival is also the first full moon night in the Chinese calendar, marking the return of spring and symbolizing the reunion of family. However, most people cannot celebrate it with their families, because there is no public holiday for this festival.

Lantern Festival Facts

Popular Chinese name: 元宵节 Yuánxiāojié /ywen-sshyaoww jyeah/ 'first night festival'

Alternative Chinese name: 上元节 Shàngyuánjié /shung-ywen-jyeah/ 'first first festival'

Date: Lunar calendar month 1 day 15 (February 22, 2016)

Importance: ends China's most important festival, Spring Festival

Celebrations: enjoying lanterns, lantern riddles, eating tangyuan a.k.a. yuanxiao (ball dumplings in soup), lion dances, dragon dances, etc.

History: about 2,000 years

Greeting: Happy Lantern Festival! 元宵节快乐!Yuánxiāojié kuàilè! /ywen-sshyaoww-jyeah kwhy-luh/













intu Trafford Centre
M17 8AA

By car / motorbike:

Sat nav: M17 8AA
Directions: Located off the M60, via junction 9 or 10.

By train

You can access intu Trafford Centre easily via a bus connection from a number of nearby train stations:

  • Manchester Piccadilly: Then catch the express X50 or 250 bus from Piccadilly Gardens, a few minutes’ walk away.
  • Manchester Victoria: Then catch bus 100 or 110 from the station entrance.
  • Salford Crescent: Then catch bus 100 from the A6.
  • Urmston: Then catch bus 22, 23 or 245 from outside Sainsbury’s.

By bus

Buses run regularly from all over the Greater Manchester region to our own on-site Bus Station:

  • City centre express X50: the X50 is our high frequency express bus route from Manchester Piccadilly, running every 15 minutes from early till late, 363 days a year.
  • Service 18 to Stretford, Sale, Wythenshawe, Manchester Airport and Altrincham.
  • Service 22 to Eccles, Monton, Swinton, Farnworth and Bolton.
  • Service 22 to Urmston, Chorlton, Withington and Stockport.
  • Service 23/23A to Davyhulme, Urmston (23), Lostock (23A), Stretford, Chorlton, Didsbury and Stockport.
  • Service 68 to Eccles, Worsley, Walkden, Little Hulton, Farnworth and Bolton.
  • Service 100 to Peel Green, Irlam, Cadishead and Warrington.
  • Service 100 to Eccles, Salford and Manchester.
  • Service 110 to Eccles, Weaste, Salford and Manchester.
  • Service 126 to Astley and Leigh.
  • Service 132 to Atherton, Tydlesley and Wigan.
  • Service 245 to Davyhulme, Flixton, Stretford, Sale and Altrincham.
  • Service 247 toDavyhulme, Flixton, Partington and Altrincham.
  • Service 250 to Trafford Park, MUFC, Hulme and Manchester.