Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Families stick to ancient dumplings

The Times

By Jane Macartney

Special new year food marks 2,000 years of togetherness
THE fireworks stopped and the traffic jams began when China returned to work yesterday, families going their separate ways after a final meal of sticky rice dumplings to mark the Lantern Festival that ends the 15-day lunar new year holiday.
Under a full moon, families preserved a 2,000-year-old tradition by gathering round the dinner table to chew their way through a steaming bowl of glutinous rice balls.

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