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Tomb Sweeping Day foods

Tomb Sweeping Day, also called "Cold Food Day", is the most important day for the Chinese people to offer sacrifice to ancestors and sweep the tombs of the deceased. Also, people will not cook on this day and only cold food is served. The Chinese now often eat pot-stewed meat dishes, tea eggs and bread on the festival as their lives have been improved.

The sweet green rice balls (Qing Tuan) is a Tomb Sweeping Day food popular in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces. It is also a must-have offering at ancestral rituals in the south of the Yangtze River. The custom of making sweet green rice balls dates back to the Zhou Dynasty over 2,000 years ago.


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Lantern Festival foods

The Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, usually in February or March in the Gregorian calendar. It is the first full moon night in the Chinese lunar year and full-moon symbolizes reunion in China.

People eat yuanxiao, or rice dumplings, on this day, so it is also called the "Yuanxiao Festival." Yuanxiao also has another name, tangyuan. Tangyuan in Chinese has a similar pronunciation with "tuanyuan”, meaning reunion. So, people eat them to denote union, harmony and happiness for the family. Yuanxiao are 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. They can be boiled, fried or steamed.


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Spring Festival foods

The Spring Festival is the most important festival in China, celebrating the earth coming back to life. The festival falls on the 1st day of the lunar new year. It is the custom for the Chinese people to visit relatives and enjoy family reunions during the Spring Festival.

People in northern China will eat jiaozi, or dumplings, for breakfast, as they think "jiaozi" in sound means "bidding farewell to the old and ushering in the new". Also, the shape of the dumpling is like gold ingot from ancient China.

Southern Chinese eat niangao (New Year cake made of glutinous rice flour) on this occasion, because as a homophone, niangao means "higher and higher, one year after another."


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