On Friday 2 March 2018, the UJCI staged a Chinese Lantern Festival, which also served as an event for welcoming its new Chinese Co-Director.
The Lantern Festival is one of the most important Chinese traditional festivals. It falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month, which is also the first night of the full moon. In China, the first lunar month was once known as ‘Xiao’ or ‘Yuan’. Both of these two terms refer to the first month of a year, so this day is also known as the ‘Yan Xiao’ Festival. In the Lantern Festival, displaying lanterns is a big practice throughout China. Other performances such as a Dragon Dance or Lion Dance will be held. ‘Guessing lantern riddles’ is also an essential part of the Festival.
During the event, people make and eat ‘Yuanxiao’, a specific type of dumpling made from sticky rice with a sweet filling. All family members get gotether to share the joy of reunification, which represents the deepest meaning of this special day.