Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of the Lunar year, when it is full moon.

As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC 25 AD), it has become a festival of great significance. 

The Lantern Festival is called Yuan Xiao in Chinese because the first lunar month is called yuan and in the old days the Chinese called the night Xiao. 

According to the Chinese tradition, one should hang thousands of colorful lanterns out, and children will attend parades in the evening to celebrate and appreciate the clear bright full moon in the sky. 

Dumplings

In addition to the entertainment and the many beautiful lanterns, another important part of the Lantern Festival or Yuanxiao festival, is the tradition of eating small dumplings made from rice flour.

These dumblings also known as yuan xiao or seaweed yuan, of course, have been given the name of the festival. 

The dumplings are filled with either sweet or salty stuffing. The sweet fillings are made of sugar, Walnuts, sesame, osmanthus flowers, rose-leaves, sugar-sweetened tangerine peel, bean paste, or jujube (red plum-like fruit).

The filling is executed in either a single ingredient or a combination. 

The salty dumblings are filled with minced meat, vegetables or a mixture. 

The dumplings are round in shape, like the moon, to symbolize that families are united in the joyful atmosphere and to bring them luck in the coming year.

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