This is probably one of the symbols of China that I think is the MOST beautiful…
The Chinese Lantern
Today is Lantern Day. Shenyang is beautiful with lanterns all over the city. There is a special food for Lantern Day called Yuan xiao that is named after a palace maid from the Han Dynasty. It looks like a dumpling but is made from rice flour with a sweet filling. The Lantern Festival is named after this famous dumpling. Yuan xiao is sticky, sweet and round, symbolizing family and unity, completeness and happiness. Of course we had to have this special food. I bought some and our Chinese friends called with a special delivery of these rice balls. So this morning at 5am, I made them for David’s breakfast. My favorite is pineapple filled. 2nd is sesame.( we also had red bean and chocolate) David thinks they’re “bu hao” but he’s a good sport!
Tonight is the full moon and Lantern Festival and the Official end to the two week Spring Festival celebrations. It also falls on the Western Holiday Valentine’s Day. David is working today and all weekend so we couldn’t go to the Lantern Festival tonight. That is why we made sure we went to the key places where lantern festivities are held last night. But when he comes home at 8pm tonight we will enjoy a nice romantic Valentine’s Day dinner…Chinese food complete with a magnificent show of fireworks from all windows( it’s just as good as the first day of Spring Festival)
Happy Lantern Day