The Lantern Festival and Tang Yuan Bring Chinese New Year Festivities To A Close

Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival

The last days of the #ChineseNewYear festival are celebrated with the iconic lantern festival. In China this was the equivalent of Valentine’s Day for young lovers, who would attend the lantern festival and guess the second line of a poem on each of the lanterns.  The first sentence of the poem would be visible on the lanterns, leaving the second line, like a riddle, to be guessed at. The last day of the Chinese New Year festival is on Monday 22nd February when families will gather once again to feast and celebrate. Keep an eye out for lanterns festooned around Melbourne, in the streets and outside people’s homes and businesses.

It’s auspicious that the #WhiteLightfestival is being celebrated in Melbourne at the same time with stunning lighting art displays, performances, sculptures and festivities throughout the city. Check out the Golden Monkey at the Town Hall, the State Library forecourt, Queen Victoria Gardens, St. Pauls Cathedral and Birrarung Marr.

Tang Yuan

Tang Yuan

The traditional food for the last day of the #Chinese New Year festival is glutinous rice balls known as Tang Yuan. These are round, symbolising unity, completeness and the full circle.  Tang Yuan and other traditional foods for #Chinese New Year celebrations can be found at Melbourne’s popular TANG The Asian Food Emporium at 185 Russell Street, conveniently open from 10am to 11pm.

The Tang family wish all their customers and everyone celebrating #ChineseNewYear in Melbourne a Happy New Year with Health, Happiness, Family and Prosperity!

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