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Foreign students make tangyuan with Taiwanese senior citizens

Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) A group of international students studying in Taiwan tried their hands at making sweet glutinous rice balls, or tangyuan, which are traditionally eaten on the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year's first month to mark the Lantern Festival, in Kaohsiung on Thursday.

The group of foreign students from Germany, the United States, Vietnam, and the Philippines competed against senior citizens in a tangyuan making competition held by Kaohsiung City government.

A student from the Philippines said he was thrilled to make tangyuan for the first time, while a German student said he really enjoyed having the chance to learn more about traditional Chinese New Year customs.

In Chinese culture, it is believed that eating tangyuan brings blessings for the following year.

During the Lantern Festival, which falls on Feb. 6 this year, Taiwanese people often enjoy lantern displays and in some cases send lanterns into the sky to officially conclude the Lunar New Year holiday.

(By Chen Ja-fo and Hanna Liu) ENDITEM/npw
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