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Chinese New Year is all about traditions in the Chinese culture. Starting with the day Chinese New Year falls on and ending with the foods and activities. The date always changes because it’s decided by using the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. What that means is the date depends on both the moon phase and the solar year. The traditions don’t stop there, things like cleaning your house, visiting relatives, traveling, and eating traditional foods are all different ways to celebrate the new year. While every aspect of Chinese New Year is exciting to outside cultures, the food is where things get fascinating.
As with any celebration if you are planning a party you will need some supplies. Plates, cups, dishes, these we expect. If you want to be more authentic you can use chopsticks, and some Chinese New Year decorations! This year we will need some decorations that feature the rooster!
Celebrate Chinese New Year with some great tasting foods that all have different meanings and experience something new.
My kids have grown up in a part of California that is very diverse, we jump at the chance to partake in another culture’s traditions. It’s not only a great learning opportunity but also an opportunity for us to become closer to friends and family. During Chinese New Year we have a chance to peek into a different world and enjoy many different traditions. One of the best ways to celebrate Chinese New Year is through food. For this particular celebration, food carries more meaning than just bringing us together. Every dish is meant to represent a different wish you may have for the coming year. For example, eating rice cakes, or nian gao represents “increasing prosperity year after year” during Chinese New Year. Rice cakes aren’t the only foods to eat during Chinese New Year; there’s much more that you can enjoy.
Chive and Pork Pot Stickers | China Sichuan Food (symbolizes wealth)
Sticky Rice Mushroom Shumai | The Woks of Life (symbolizes wealth)
Mother’s Famous Chinese Egg Rolls | Steamy Kitchen(symbolizes wealth)
Shrimp Fried Rice | Damn Delicious (symbolizes happiness)
Broccoli Beef Noodles | Delish (symbolizes longevity)
Every year Chinese New Year changes the representing animal. The animal is chosen using the Chinese Zodiac calander. Each animal has traits that some people believe they have if born under that animal’s year. What that means is, if you were born during the same year as the rat then you share some traits with the rat. For 2017, we’re in the year of the rooster.
Chicken Lettuce Cups | Kitchn (symbolizes rising fortune)
Tea Eggs | Chinese Grandma (symbolizes prosperity)
Char Sui Pork | Love of Foodies (symbolizes prosperity)
Longevity Noodles | Hip Foodie Mom (symbolizes longevity)
Braised Chicken with Chestnuts | Jeanette’s Healthy Living (symbolizes happiness and prosperity)
Spring Roll | Revi’s Foodography (symbolizes wealth)
Yee Sang | Season with Spice (symbolizes prosperity)
Garlic Sesame Chicken | Swanky Recipes (symbolizes happiness)
Jing Du Pork | Rasa Malaysia (symbolizes prosperity)
Matcha Shortbread Cookies | UTry.It (symbolizes longevity)
Traveling is big during Chinese New Year. In fact, in China, people get an entire week off of work and during that time they travel. What ends up happening is known as Chunyan and it’s the when there are the most travelers world-wide. Where will you be headed this Chinese New Year?
Peanut Cookies | Baking Equals Love (symbolize a healthy and long life)
Five-Spice Roast Chicken | Rot in Rice (symbolizes togetherness)
Sticky Rice Cake | Christine’s Recipes (symbolizes growth and prosperity)
Kung Pao Chicken | Pickled Plum (symbolizes good health and well-being)
Pork, Spring Green & Black Bean Stir-Fry | Jamie Oliver (symbolizes a prosperous year to come)