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A New Reseasch into the Origin and Cultural Connotation of the Lantern Festival

Xiang Bo\|song (College of Literary Arts,South-Central University for Nationalities,Wuhan,Hubei 430074,China)  
This paper probes into the origin of the Lantern Festival and puts forward various views that differ from the traditional ones at first.It argues that the Lantern Festival,which evolves from the fire wood burned in the courtyard when people worship to heaven by firing,originates from the Pre-Qin Dynasty's ceremoney of worshipping to heaven by firing in the courtyard.Then,this paper reveals the cultural connotation of the Lantern Festival.It points out:that determined by the origin ,the cultural connotation of the Lantern Festival has close relationship to the Pre-Qin Dynasty's ceremony of worshipping heaven by firing in the courtyard .
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