"Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. " ~Lindley Karstens

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day and Chinese Lantern Festival

This year the western Valentine's Day happens falls on the same day of Chinese Lantern Festival. On this day, the 15th lunar day of the year, traditionally, light lateens are used to decorate the houses, towns and temples. Some places have lantern carnival where people can enjoy the beautiful lanterns, parade and food. The tradition food for this day is called Yuan-Xiao or Tang-Yuan. The are made of sweet rice flour into sticky glutinous ball, filled in with sesame, red-bean or peanut paste. In my hometown, we also make salty Tang-Yuan, filled in with ground pork. 

Let me contribute some flowers from my garden to celebrate this special day!

Happy Valentine's Day and Chinese Lantern Festival!!!

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