Lantern Festival is February 11, 2017

Today is the last day of Spring Festival. The fifteenth day in the lunar calendar, This special day is Lantern Festival.


It is the first full moon night in the Chinese lunar year and full-moon symbolizes reunion in China.
People eat yuanxiao ( a rice ball stuffed with different fillings) or rice dumplings on this day, so it is also called the “Yuanxiao Festival.” Yuanxiao 元宵 also has another name, tangyuan 汤圆.  
For its rich and colorful activities, Lantern Festival  is regarded as the most recreational among all the Chinese festivals and a day for appreciating the bright full moon, and family reunion.
It’s so much fun to be able to attend a Lantern Festival.
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Today to celebrate this last day of Spring Festival and the special Lantern Festival, we will eat yuanxiao, and watch another special production similar to the Gala on CCTV, and take a peak at the “snow” full moon.
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We also had some meatball soup ( everything round symbolizing the shape of the moon)
Speaking of reunion…
It was nice to stay in touch with some of my Chinese friends over their holiday, it made me feel close to them. Technology is so wonderful when you are so far away… Here are a few pics they shared
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Happy Lantern Festival!
 Wishing all my Chinese friends and family a wonderful year ahead!!!
PS. My sweet husband picked up a few things he knew I would appreciate.
In honour of the Year of the Rooster… rooster stamps from Canada Post.
And…Corn flakes!

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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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