Lantern Festival falls on the fifteenth
day of the first lunar month. This is the first full moon of the new
year, symbolizing unity and perfection. Lantern Festival is an important
part of Spring Festival , and marks the official end of the long
Eating yuanxiao (sweet dumplings made
with glutinous rice flour) is one of the special traditions of Lantern
Festival. Lantern Festival is also called Yuanxiao Festival. Another
name for yuanxiao is tangyuan, which literally means "boiled spheres.
is small dumpling balls made of glutinous rice flour with rose petals,
sesame, bean paste, jujube paste, walnut meat, dried fruit, sugar and
edible oil as filling. Tangyuan can be boiled, fried or steamed. It
tastes sweet and delicious. What’s more, tangyuan in Chinese has a
similar pronunciation with "tuanyuan”, meaning reunion. So people eat
them to denote union, harmony and happiness for the family.