Known as the Lantern Festival, the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar， marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations (the day of 2016 is February 22). During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. Nevertheless， there are also festivals of lanterns in other countries. Italy is one of them.
在意大利的佛罗伦萨，每年都会举行一个名为“The Festa della Rificolona”的节日。
In September every year, “The Festa della Rificolona” or Festival of the Paper Lanterns is held in Florence, Italy.
According to Christian tradition, on September 8 of an unknown year somewhere near Nazareth the Virgin Mary was born.
Today, the religious celebrations are followed halfheartedly but at one time it was a great popular tradition where hundreds of peasants and farmers from the surroundings would make the long trek into the city to celebrate.
While the pilgrimage was the official reason for the trip into Florence, the farmers did not come into the city empty handed. It was a great opportunity to bring in their goods - cheeses, honey, the season's vegetables, and small handmade items. Thus September 8 was also a market day in the square of Santissima Annunziata.
In order to arrive to the religious services on time, many started their journey before the break of dawn. The farmers needed lanterns and these were often carried at the end of stick, candles protected by a frame made of thin cloth.
The tradition continues today so that on the eve of the 8th of September, Florentines and other "pilgrims" carry paper lanterns at the end of a stick as they make their way through the streets of Florence.