The Lantern Festival (元宵节) was celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first moon to mark the conclusion of the New Year festivity. This festival originated about two thousand years ago during the Han Dynasty as a way of assuring continued prosperity and longevity. Large red lanterns illuminated with candles were placed at the door and also used to decorate the trees and garden. In the evening, people of both sexes paraded through the streets and alleys carrying lanterns of various sizes and shapes—a most colorful display.
In some villages, it was customary for members of the clan to dine together in the ancestral hall on the evening of the Lantern Festival. A tree limb with many branches was used as a decorative device suggesting the clan's continued branching.