Festivel and Food

The Spring Festival is the most important and exciting festival in China .It marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year. People usually eat Jiaozi (dumplings) on that special day. The Lantern Festival (also called Yuanxiao Festival) is on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month. Yuan literally means round in shape, while Xiao refers to night. Chinese people eat Yuan Xiao(small dumpling balls made of glutinous rice flour.) when they see the full moon on the 15th of January according to the Chinese lunar calendar. We call these balls Yuanxiao (also called Tangtuan). It is traditionally a time for family reunion. The displaying of lanterns is a big event on that day.

The Duanwu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. For thousands of years, Duanwu has been marked by eating Zongzi and racing dragon boats. Zongzi is a kind of pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. Duanwu is also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, because dragon boat races are the most popular activity during the festival, especially in Southern China. One of the most important Chinese festivals is the Mid-Autumn Festival(Zhongqiu in Chinese). It falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Because the full moon is round and symbolizes reunion, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the festival of reunion. People in different parts of China have different ways to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. But one traditional custom, eating the moon cakes - cakes shaped like the moon, has definitely remained and is shared by all the Chinese.