Lantern Festival
Yuan Xiao Jie

[Yuan Hsiao] [元宵节]

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The Lantern Festival, which occurs on the 15-th day of the First Month of the Chinese Year, marks the end of the New Year's Holidays.

In 2005, this festival day falls on February 23.
In 2006, it falls on February 12.
In 2007, it falls on March 4.
In 2008, it falls on February 21.
In 2009, it falls on February 9.
In 2010, it falls o February 28.

In 2011, it falls o February 17.


Lantern Riddles

Lanterns are everywhere. A most interesting tradition is the posting of riddles called 'Lantern Riddles.' Riddles are written on pieces of paper and posted on lanterns or wall. Any one solving the riddle is awarded a prize.




Yuanxiao is the special food for the Lantern Festival. It is believed that Yuanxiao is named after a palace maid, Yuanxiao, of Emperor Wu Di of the Han Dynasty.

Yuanxiao is a kind of sweet dumpling, which is made with sticky rice flour filled with sweet stuffing. And the Festival is named after the famous dumpling.
It is very easy to cook - simply dump them in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes - and eaten as a desert.

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