Chinese New Year

February 6, 2013


This Sunday marks the annual holiday known as the Chinese New Year. According to the Chinese calendar, this year celebrates the Snake. This event is one of the most important and oldest holidays that are still celebrated in China. According to many myths and legends the holiday started because a beast called Nian would come and eat villager’s livestock, crops, and sometimes even the people themselves. The villagers soon discovered that the beast feared the color red. They used fireworks and red flags to scare the creature from ever coming back, and this is why during the parade you see fireworks, red lanterns, and a mascot that represents the Nian.   Along with the legends and the parades, there are also dinners held to celebrate the New Year.


On New Year’s Eve there is a reunion dinner that usually takes place at the senior member of the family’s house. These dinners typically have a variety of food that symbolizes good fortune. The food selection includes meat, fish, dumplings, spring rolls, stir fry, noodles, and lettuce wraps. Here are a couple of different dishes you could try while celebrating this Chinese New Year. This first recipe for Steamed Ginger Shrimp Dumplings in Ginger Broth is both healthy and delicious. This next meal is good for the Chinese New Year or maybe just to do a Stir-Friday special!  Stir-Fried Chinese Vegetables will help you get back on track to your New Year resolution if you ended up falling off it a little.  Finally these Fortune Cookies will end your Chinese New Year feast.


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Joe Magazzu
New Year, Chinese, Recipes, Chinese New Year

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