More than a dozen families gathered at Six Arts Museum to celebrate the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of this year’s first lunar month. The families together made sweet glutinous rice balls in the shape of rabbits, and had great fun guessing lantern riddles. A festive, harmonious and joyful atmosphere was evident throughout the museum.
With the arrival of the year of the rabbit, cute rabbit motifs can be seen everywhere. Six Arts Museum’s artist in residence, Zhu Haiming, happily celebrated the Lantern Festival at the museum making Chinese New Year and Rabbit themed paper-cuttings for all of the museum visitors.
Museum visitors enjoyed guessing riddles at the rows of colorful lanterns. The riddles were both fun and challenging, and many adults and even some children were so clever that they solved the riddles by themselves, and of course won fabulous prizes.
In order to make the sweet glutinous rice rabbits during the Lantern Festival celebration, the parents and children divided the filling and dough under the careful teaching of Teacher Yenzi, and then wrapped the glutinous rice dough balls to form the rabbit bodies.
The participants kneaded the white glutinous rice flour dough to wrap around the sweet red bean paste, thereby creating rabbit bodies, they then added Pink Dragon Fruit Dough Ears, and brown cocoa powder dough eyes - the cute chubby rabbits were born.
Parents and their children happily worked together to make rabbit dumplings one after another. Every participant took home wonderful lasting memories of making these special Lantern Festival Dumplings, and of course they also took home the tasty handmade rabbits themselves!