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Different opinions on Lantern Festival

02-18-2011 09:07 BJT Special Report:2011 Spring Festival |

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Every year, Chinese people celebrate Lantern Festival which marks the end of the Chinese New Year holiday period. But the younger generation and elderly Beijingers have different views about how this day should be celebrated.

For many young people who work and live in Beijing, the Lantern Festival represents the real end of the Spring Festival Holiday.

A Beijing resident said, "My vacation has just finished, and today I have to work. But I sent greeting messages to my friends by MSN."

Another Beijing resident said, "I don't have anything special to do during Lantern Festival. My family got together a lot throughout Spring Festival, so this day doesn't mean that much to me."

A passenger said, "I have to work tonight, so I don't have any plan for the Festival. Maybe at work we will share something traditional to eat."

Even though views towards the festival are changing, one thing remains the same, the tried and tested practice of eating Yuanxiao, glutinous rice dumplings, which is the traditional dish for Lantern Festival throughout the China.

A resident said, "We elderly people especially care about the Day.I am going to celebrate it with all my family and eat Yuanxiao."

A resident said, “Every year I call my son back home to eat Yuanxiao with me. It's a family reunion day."

On the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, the end of the Spring Festival, people eat Yuanxiao, because its round shape represents family reunion, and its sweet flavor brings happiness.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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