Happy Chinese New Year Traditions And Food Ideas 2014
Chinese New Year is mostly referring to Chinese Spring Festival. It is also referring to Lunar New Year in China. Chinese are very faithful with their traditions. They are very keen & loving to celebrate their traditions. Different traditions are found in different parts of china & there are so much difficult traditions are also found. They have their own typical traditions.
Common Chinese New Year Traditions
Mostly following traditions are performed during the New Year holidays.
Family reunion in New Year Eve at dinner time:
Chinese New Year Eve’s Dinner is a symbol for family reunion in china. Especially for those families whom members away from home. In the New Year’s Eve dinner, normally fish will be served. Dumplings are the most important dish in northern china. These two dishes mean prosperous. Other dishes are depending on personal preference. The majority of Chinese will have New Year’s Eve dinner at home.
Fireworks in all over China:
Chinese believe they Fireworks will bring peace & good luck for them in the whole New Year. Fireworks are used to drive away the evil in China. Right after the 12:00PM of the New Year’s Eve, fireworks will be launched to celebrate the coming of the New Year as well as driven away the evil.
Red Packets with money in it:
Red Packet is the sign that the money in this packet will survive the children from bad things & evil, will protect them from every harmful thing. Red packet is a red envelope with money in it, range from one to a few thousand Chinese Yuan. Usually the red racket is given by adults, especially married couple, and elderly to young children in the New Year days.
Shou Sui (awake during the whole New Year night):
Shou Sui means after the New Year’s Eve dinner, family member will normally stay awake during the night. Some people just stay until the mid night, after the fireworks. According to tales and legends, there was a mythical beast called the “Year”. At the night of New Year’s Eve, the “Year” will come out to harm people, animals, and proprieties. Later people found that the “Year” is afraid of red color, fire, and loud sound. Therefore, at the New Year’s Eve night, people will launch fireworks, put on some fires, and stay awakes the whole night to fend of the “Year”
Happy Chinese New Year food ideas:
Niangao: A very famous New Year cake in China
Almost every Chinese enjoy this New Year cake Niangao is a food prepared from Sticky Rice Cake or glutinous rice and consumed in Chinese cuisine. It is available in Asian supermarkets and from health food stores.
Dumplings: The Delicious Chinese Food Item
Dumplings are very popular in Northern China. It is one of the main dishes for New Year’s Eve dinner. Very few people in Southern China serve dumplings in New Year’s Eve dinner.
LaBa Congee: (Rice & Nuts Mix up Food)
It is a mixture of rice, nuts, and beans cooked together. LaBa Congee is usually served on LaBa festival which is the 8th day of the last month of the year.
Tang Yuan: (Rice Balls)
Tang Yuan is small ball made from glutinous rice flour. Glutinous rice flour is mixed with a small amount of water to form balls and is then cooked and served in boiling water. Tang Yuan can be either filled or unfilled. It is traditionally eaten during Yuan Xiao, or the Lantern Festival (the 15th of the first month of the traditional Chinese calendar).
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