Lantern Festival 元宵节 - 汤圆 tāngyuán

Other than watching lanterns, guessing lantern riddles, people also eat Rice Dumplings. Rice Dumplings are also called 'Yuanxiao' hence the festival name, 'Yuanxiao Festival' 元宵节. It falls on the 11th February for 2017.

The other name that is more common to hear is 'tangyuan' 汤圆 tāngyuán. It is made into small balls using glutinous rice flour. The ingredients of the filling include rose petals, sesame, bean paste, jujube paste, walnut meat, dried fruit, sugar and edible oil.

By boiling, frying, or steaming, you can make them easily at home. The taste is sweet and delicious. Basically the pronunciation of 'tuanyuan' has a meaningful connotation which means 'Reunion'. Hence, it is eaten to denote union, harmony and happiness for the family.



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