The Lantern Festival “元宵节(yuánxiāojié)” is technically the last day of the Chinese Spring Festival and is an uplifting, traditional holiday. The literal meaning of “元宵节(yuánxiāojié)” is the Sweet Dumpling Festival. There is a large variety of delicious food served during the festival, but the most famous one is “元宵 (yuánxiāo) sweet dumpling,” which is what the festival is named after. And people often call it by a different name “汤圆(tāngyuán) glutinous rice ball.”
During the festival, the streets are filled with lanterns and the sounds of drums and merrymaking. You can also hear the loud popping sounds of many “烟花(yānhuā) fireworks” being let off all over. This joyous time consists of many different activities including the “舞龙舞狮(wǔlóng wǔshī),” or the dragon dance, eating sweet dumplings and playing the lantern riddles game. But “赏月(shǎngyuè) enjoy the moon” is a part of the “中秋节(zhōngqiūjié) Mid-Autumn Festival” in the fall.