Today is Lantern Festival in China. On this day, people often go to street to enjoy different kinds of lanterns, guess the lantern riddles, and take part in various activities. In addition, everyone must be eating glue pudding, the traditional food which is made from glutinous rice and add various fillings into the glutinous rice, such as peanuts, sesames, kernel, chocolate, fruits, and so on. The shape of glue pudding is round that symbolizes family unity, completeness, and happiness.
The Lantern Festival is a reunited festival, but for me, it is a day to miss my family deeper than usual. There is six hours’ time difference between China and Finland in winter. After video chatting with my family in the afternoon, I do not want to do anything no matter I have many tasks needed to accomplish, since I am drowning into the emotion of homesick. Therefore, I accept my family’s suggestion to watch Lantern Festival gala on line, they said they will also watch the gala as if we still stay together. After the gala, my family accompanies me with video chatting again until midnight in China.
This is the first Lantern Festival I spend in abroad. I am alone, but I am not lonely, because my family stays with me in different way although there are thousands of kilometers between us. Thanks to my family. I love you forever.^_^