Since it is the Chinese New Year, we have a good excuse to do another Chinese-themed tea. As with the previous Chinese tea we had during the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节), our Chinese New Year tea was filled with traditional Chinese snacks:
- Peanut butter mochi (花生米糬)
- Sesame mochi (芝麻米糬)
- Peanut dainties (花生酥)
- Mung bean patties (绿豆酥)
- Fuzhou cyrstal puffs (福洲水晶饼)
- Pandan rice cake (香兰叶糕)
Alongside enjoying the snacks and drinking rose tea, Tiger learned a new poem -- <<春晓>> (Spring Dawn) by another Tang dynasty poet, Meng Haoran (孟浩然).
This poem depicts the poet's contemplation upon a dawn in springtime. Given that the Chinese New Year is also called the Spring Festival (春节) as it marks the beginning of spring in the Chinese calendar, learning this particular poem seems very appropriate.
Besides memorising and reciting the poem, Tiger also learnt how the poem can be depicted as a painting and a song,
as well as a piece of music that is popular during the Chinese New Year.
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