元宵节, Lantern Festival | Chinese Culture
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"汤圆" or "元宵" is a glutinous rice ball typically filled with sweet red bean paste, sesame paste, or peanut butter. Chinese people believe that the round shape of the balls symbolizes family togetherness, so eating "汤圆" or "元宵" may bring the family harmony, happiness and luck in the new year.
Words and phrases to learn in Mandarin:
yuánxiāo / tāngyuán
glutinous rice balls/rice dumplings
dēnglong / huādēng
solve lantern riddles
setting off fireworks