Lantern Festival dumplings or Yuanxiao (also known as Tangyuan) are a traditional celebration food that are enjoyed during the Chinese New Year season. They are specifically consumed on the Lantern Festival, which falls on the last day of the traditional Lunar New Year celebrations.
Yuanxiao are sweet glutinous rice balls that are typically filled with a sweet red bean paste, sesame paste, or even peanut butter. Chinese people believe that the round shape of the Yuanxiao dumplings symbolise abundance and family togetherness. By eating these rice balls, you will manifest happiness and good luck for the new year. This meaning is also why this dish is commonly served at Chinese weddings and any other occasions where the family reunite.