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Yuan Xiao Jie 元宵节 Festival. Yuan Xiao Jie falls on the 15th day of the 1st Month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Celebration of Yuan Xiao Jie symbolise Reunion, Harmony and Happiness for the family.
Traditionally, Singapore Chinese families observe Yuan Xiao Jie 元宵节 by having a simple family gathering where the young and elderly meet for a bowl of Tang Yuan 汤圆. Tang Yuan is a savoury Chinese snack made of glutinous rice balls filled with filled with walnuts, red dates, black sesame, red bean or peanut pastes. The more exquisite ones have osmanthus flower filling in light sugar syrup.
In China, where Chinese festivals are better observed. Yuan Xiao Jie 元宵节 is celebrated with blast.. Watching lanterns and eating Tang Yuan are the most important celebrations on this day. Lanterns of various shapes and sizes are hung in the streets, attracting countless visitors at night. It is said that the brilliance of the artificial lights almost outshone the light of full moon. Some children would carried their lanterns in the long pole, and have fun with the whole family. "Guessing lantern riddles" is an essential part for lantern watching. The puzzles or riddles were written on the lanterns of just pasted on them. If one can solve that puzzles, a little gift would be given. Nowadays, lantern show is still available in many big cities like Temple of Earth and Heaven in Beijing and Chenghuang Temple in Shanghai. Cultural performances like dragon dance, lion dance, and land boat dance are always on stage. Fireworks form another scene at night time.
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