Family Reunion 团团圆圆
Tang Yuan 汤圆
You may have seen this one in Asian grocery stores or tried it in Chinese restaurants. This chewy, nutty dessert that almost looks like a snowball, filled with sesame, peanut or red bean paste, is a dish not to miss during the Lunar New Year. Tang Yuan, a glutinous rice ball, literally means ‘round dumpling in soup’ in Chinese. During the Ming Dynasty, Tang Yuan was also called Yuan Xiao (元宵 which means ‘first evening’), and was eaten to celebrate the first full moon after the Lunar New Year. Just like mooncakes, this spherical shaped dessert symbolises family reunion (团团圆圆).
p.s. Why this song? Since early 1980, when the first Spring Festival gala was launched, 'Tonight is Unforgettable' (难忘今宵) has been performed every year as a closing song. Matching the meaning of Tang Yuan, which also translates to the ‘first evening’, this song celebrates the vibrancy of the gala night and expresses people's wish for the new year.