元宵節快樂!

Yuanxiao Dumplings are sold at a supermarket
Yuanxiao dumplings are sold at a supermarket

Today is the Yuanxiao Festival which is at the first full moon in the new year or the fifteenth day of the Chinese moon calender. The festival is also called Lantern Festival but I did not notice any special lanterns outside in the streets.

Together with my roommate I bought some of the famous Yuanxiao or Tangyuan dumplings yesterday. These small eatings are dumpling balls made of glutinous rice flour with an either sweet or salty filling. But unfortunately we didn’t know how to prepare them. So we first tried them raw but that way they tasted a little strange – so we looked up some recipes on the Internet and found out that they are supposed to be cooked… After cooking they tasted much better, but not quite as good as the ones we had tonight at a restaurant.

From the day I arrived through now every night (and sometimes even at daytime) I could hear fireworks. I first thought that these were just leftovers from Chinese New Year. When I saw a stand selling them the day before yesterday I started wondering whether these were really leftovers and how long the banging would continue to go on. Furthermore, if the fireworks are set of nearby, its noise sometimes makes to alarm system of cars go off.
Today I learned that it is allowed to do fireworks only until tonight, the night of the Lantern Festival. So tonight the firework is much more intense than the last days – but at least it will be over by tomorrow.

PS: The headline means “Happy Yuanxiao Festival”

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2 Responses to “元宵節快樂!”

  1. randomz Says:

    Wow, I didn’t know that. I’ll have to get my tandem to make me some yuanxiao 😀
    You missed a lunar eclipse here in Germany yesterday!

  2. Olga Says:

    ^^~我很高興透過你的Blog了解你在北京的生活.
    我以後會常常來拜訪你~元宵節快樂~好像剛過完了

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