|06:37 pm - The LANTERN FESTIVAL!!! (Yuan Xiao Jie)|
Ah I completely forgot that today's the Lantern Festival in China!!! The Lantern Festival occurs every year on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese Year which is also the first full moon of the New Year. It marks the end of the New Year's holidays and so, the lanterns marks a path for the spirits of our ancestors to make their way back to the heavens. The lanterns can take the shape of just about anything, from the usual round ones like in the picture forground on the right to palaces or boats that float on the lakes for viewing.
On this day, the tradition is to eat Yuan Xiao thus the name for this festival in Chinese is Yuan Xiao Jie (Jie meaning festival). As you can see on the left, YuanXiao are little white, round balls, they're made with sticky rice flour (the white stuff on the outside) filled with sweet stuffing (the black stuff). Usually the stuffing is sugared ground sesame (and when I say sugared, I mean sugared). You boil them in hot water for a few minutes and voila~! Ready for eating!
YuanXiao also has another name, Tang Yuan. In Chinese TangYuan has a similar pronunciation with "Tuan Yuan" which means reunion, so, like most other Chinese Festivals, a big part of the Lantern Festival is reunion with the family.
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