Lantern riddles are riddles that were written on the lanterns that are displayed during the Chinese Lantern Festival or Chinese middle autumn festival and so on. The full name of ‘Lantern Riddles‘ are ‘riddles written on lanterns‘.
People in the festival must guess the answer from a word , a poem or a phrase, guessing the riddles are as hard as fighting with a tiger, so that lantern riddles have another name - ‘lantern tigers’ .
Three essential features of lantern riddles
Some example of Lantern Riddles
English Lantern Riddles
Riddles: What’s full of holes but still holds water?
Answer: a sponge
Riddles: What building has the most stories?
Answer: A Library
Riddles: Which is faster, hot or cold?
Answer: Hot’s faster. You can catch a cold
Riddles: When is your mind like a rumpled bed?
Answer: When it is not made up.
Riddles: What is it that everybody does at the same time?
Answer: grow older
Chinese Lantern Riddles
Now, I think you can understand the different between Chinese lantern riddles and English Riddles, Chinese lantern riddles are so hard to get the answer, for a Chinese character has too many meaning.And it is impossible to translate from Chinese Lantern riddles to English riddles.
If you want to find more Chinese Lantern riddles, you can google this word ‘灯谜’.