Celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar year, the stunning Lantern Festival lit up skies from China to Singapore on Feb. 6, concluding the festivities of the Chinese New Year.
According to Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a New Year when there is a full moon in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate.
In 2012, lanterns with themes for the Year of the Dragon wound through cities from Taipei to Shanghai.
Children went out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns with riddles to solve and there were fireworks, folk dances and plenty of yuanxiao (stuffed rice balls).
For many, the Lantern Festival is seen as a Chinese version of St. Valentine's Day, celebrating love and affection between couples.
View the varied celebrations of the 2012 Lantern Festival across the Chinese diaspora below: