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tetsu and haru and yellow crysanthumum

Today is Yuan Xiao Jie [元宵节], the fifteenth day of the first Lunar month and also the last day of Chinese New Year Celebration.

Yuan Xian is also known as the Lantern Festival. In the past, folks celebrated the festival by going to the temple and streets at night, solving riddles hang from the lanterns [猜灯谜]and eating tang yuan [汤圆] with family.

In my family, we celebrate Yuan Xiao by gathering together for a good steamboat dinner and some wine.

It happens this year’s Yuan Xiao Jie coincides with St. Valentine’s Day.  Yuan Xiao is sometimes said to be the Chinese Valentine’s Day.

So on this festive day, I would like to wish you a day filled with love, not just romantic love, but also the love of family and friends, the love of life and the love of self.  Happy Yuan Xiao Jie and Happy Valentine.  \(^_^)/