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Lanterns Festival with beijing duck.

Event Details

Lanterns Festival with beijing duck.

Time: February 24, 2013 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Location: jinanshifu restaurant.
Street: West Minzhu Street
City/Town: Changchun!
Phone: 18643069217 (english) 13844860415 (chinese)
Event Type: food, social, festival, culture
Organized By: Richard ridealgh
Latest Activity: Feb 27, 2013

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Event Description

The Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, usually in February or March in the Gregorian calendar. As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25), it had become a festival with great significance.

This day's important activity is watching lanterns. Throughout the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), Buddhism flourished in China. One emperor heard that Buddhist monks would watch sarira, or remains from the cremation of Buddha's body, and light lanterns to worship Buddha on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, so he ordered to light lanterns in the imperial palace and temples to show respect to Buddha on this day. Later, the Buddhist rite developed into a grand festival among common people and its influence expanded from the Central Plains to the whole of China.
Till today, the lantern festival is still held each year around the country. Lanterns of various shapes and sizes are hung in the streets, attracting countless visitors. Children will hold self-made or bought lanterns to stroll with on the streets, extremely excited.

"Guessing lantern riddles"is an essential part of the Festival. Lantern owners write riddles on a piece of paper and post them on the lanterns. If visitors have solutions to the riddles, they can pull the paper out and go to the lantern owners to check their answer. If they are right, they will get a little gift. The activity emerged during people's enjoyment of lanterns in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). As riddle guessing is interesting and full of wisdom, it has become popular among all social strata.

People will eat yuanxiao, or rice dumplings, on this day, so it is also called the "Yuanxiao Festival."Yuanxiao also has another name, tangyuan. It is small dumpling balls made of glutinous rice flour with rose petals, sesame, bean paste, jujube paste, walnut meat, dried fruit, sugar and edible oil as filling. Tangyuan can be boiled, fried or steamed. It tastes sweet and delicious. What's more, tangyuan in Chinese has a similar pronunciation with "tuanyuan”, meaning reunion. So people eat them to denote union, harmony and happiness for the family.

In the daytime of the Festival, performances such as a dragon lantern dance, a lion dance, a land boat dance, a yangge dance, walking on stilts and beating drums while dancing will be staged. On the night, except for magnificent lanterns, fireworks form a beautiful scene. Most families spare some fireworks from the Spring Festival and let them off in the Lantern Festival. Some local governments will even organize a fireworks party. On the night when the first full moon enters the New Year, people become really intoxicated by the imposing fireworks and bright moon in the sky.

Gaea and I always like to celebrate lantern's festival at the Beijing Duck restaurant adjacent to Culture square. The restaurant is inexpensive, but also affords a great vista of culture square as fireworks and lanterns light up the sky, creating the perfect back drop to a delicious meal.
After the meal we always go outside and send lanterns up into the night sky.
If you want to join us, please come along.
The bill for the meal will be just shared by who ever attends!

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Comment by Heather Spaeth on February 27, 2013 at 6:22

Thanks for organizing! I had a great time. :)

Comment by Jack Field on February 25, 2013 at 23:05

Yeah, thanks guys for a cracker evening.

Comment by Emilyn Aguilar on February 25, 2013 at 21:29

this was fun! thank you richard and gaea for organizing this! 

Comment by Richard ridealgh on February 25, 2013 at 21:26
Had a great time too.
Comment by Lang Lee on February 25, 2013 at 8:44

had a great time

Comment by Heather Spaeth on February 23, 2013 at 16:58

You tricked me! ;)  Here I thought I had already said I'd be there, or put maybe, and I hadn't even seen it.  So, thanks for the reminder text and the that order. :)  See you tomorrow, probably w/Neil. Peace!

Comment by Richard ridealgh on February 23, 2013 at 12:35
Sam and Ciara took 2 more seats.
Comment by Richard ridealgh on February 23, 2013 at 12:21
Ok, so 2 tables is 24 people comfortably. We have room for about 6 more:)
Comment by Richard ridealgh on February 23, 2013 at 0:20
Got 2 tables booked right at the front of the restaurant.
Comment by Jack Field on February 19, 2013 at 19:59


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