Five Food Customs You Should Know for Lunar New Year

Five Food Customs You Should Know for Lunar New Year

If you don't know much about Chinese Lunar New Year, AsiaMe can tell you all about it.

Why is called the Year of the Dog?

The Chinese animal zodiac or Sheng Xiao is a repeating cycle of 12 years with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes.

The council, through its Young Hackney arm, is also hosting a day for younger celebrants, and are searching for adult volunteers with a Chinese connection to help those children cook traditional food, write in Chinese calligraphy, and to enact the many stories, fairy tales and narratives of Chinese Culture to a rapt audience. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years. In order, the animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Each year is associated with a zodiac animal that not only represents the birth symbols, but also reflects the virtuous and honest wishes of these animals. Anyone born in an Earth Dog year is said to be serious, responsible and communicative in the workplace.

For people with the birth year dog, their lucky numbers are three, four and nine and their lucky colours are green, red and purple.

According to the Zodiac, "planning, postponing, and negligence are words you need to remove from your vocabulary during this year".

And if you're looking to upgrade your workout wardrobe, Lululemon has just launched its brand new Chinese New Year collection, "Practice Takes Patience".

In terms of activities, on New Year's Eve in north-east China, family members get together by playing poker or mah-jong. This is a reunion dinner, especially for family members who study or work far away from home. Various dishes including meat, vegetables, soup and candies are placed on the table including the most essential: fish. The amount can range from a few dollars to quite a lot. At the workplace, it is also common for bosses to give their employees a red envelope. All these practices are meant to prepare for and bring in good luck in the upcoming year. Red is often worn for good luck, and numerous foods have added meaning behind them. To be more specific, "upside down" means "Dao" in Chinese, which means "coming", and "Fu Dao" means the good fortune is coming to the household.

On the big screen in the field, the "Happy New Year" greeting, written in Chinese characters were flashed time and again.

Nevertheless, by Thursday afternoon, downtown Beijing was completely quiet, unlike in previous years, when fireworks sounded day and night during the week-long holiday. It is more quiet and refreshing.

This authentic Chinese restaurant is well known for its hot pot table service.

Popular temples in Richmond are International Buddhist Temple, Ling Yen Mountain Temple and Fo Guang Shan Temple.

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