Today Taiwan celebrates The Lantern Festival or Yuan Xiao Festival. “It is a festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the Chinese calendar, and officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. According to Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate. At this time, people eat tang yuan (glutinous rice ball soup) and enjoy a family reunion.” (copied from Wikipedia)
Well, we obviously don’t have any family here to have a reunion with but we do have friends. And, tonight we will get together with our former landlady and dear friend, Pearl, to eat tang yuan soup. She makes a point of celebrating Taiwanese holidays with us, and will come to our home tonight to cook the soup for us. We are thankful for these ‘special days’ that are opportunities for us to learn more about Taiwanese culture, while at the same time deepening relationships with those who have become our family here.