In Chinese tradition, people celebrate the day by lighting lanterns; playing guessing games such as answering conundrums, solving puzzles; and eating Yuan-xiao (also called Tang-yuan), referred to in English as glutinous rice ball because its main ingredient is flour made from “glutinous” or “sticky” rice. The fillings can vary. The very traditional one is stuffed with sweet black sesame paste.
When I was small, my mother used to make Yuan-xiao herself. She always made balls with several different fillings. There were balls with minced pork meat, or sweet peanut paste, or black and white sesame paste, or vegetables. What I like most was ones without filling.
This morning I made a special breakfast for the day: Yuan-xiao in egg and sweet fermented rice wine soup seasoned with dehydrated osmanthus flowers. A nostalgia taste!