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Lantern Festival: A romantic celebration in China
Originated back in as early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE-CE 25), the Lantern Festival is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated on the 15th day of the first lunar month. It is Chinese tradition that people hang lanterns in their house or in the streets. People walk around to enjoy the festival atmosphere by seeing the beautiful lanterns and the riddles written on them. In ancient times, it was also a romantic festival where unmarried young men and women met.
Like any other festival, no celebration ends without the special dishes to mark the season. Yuanxiao dumplings are a traditional treat during the New Year season, specifically at the Lantern Festival. They are sweet glutinous rice balls that are filled with a sweet red bean paste, sesame paste, or peanut butter. It is believed that the round shape of the dumplings and the special bowls which there are served are symbols of family union.
Enjoy seeing the photos of this beautiful traditional ceremony in China.