Welcome to the Year of the Dragon! Today, January 23rd, 2012 marks the Chinese New Year. The New Year comes with much celebration, of course, and food, tradition and more all leading up to the Lantern Festival on Day 15 of the New Year festivities.
So, last night was a big meal, what else is left for the Chinese Lunar New Year? Come find out. Gung Hei Fatt Choy!
Long Noodles 1 of 8Long noodles are served often during the New Year festivities. They traditionally represent long life and shouldn't be cut while you are eating them.
Long Life Fertility Noodles via Steamy Kitchen
ç¦å£½é›™å…¨ FÃºshÃ²ushuÄngquÃ¡n - "May your happiness and longevity be complete"
Chinese Candy Box 2 of 8Chinese candy boxes are often put out containing sweets like chocolate, dried fruits and melon seeds. Another popular custom are the red envelopes, which are given to children and sometimes employees with money inside.
Chinese Candy Box via Wikipedia
è¬äº‹å¦‚æ„ WÃ nshÃ¬rÃºyÃ¬ - "May all your wishes be fulfilled"
Bak Kwa 3 of 8Similar to beef jerky, bak kwa makes an excellent gift as you travel to visit relatives during the New Year. Elders are visited on the first day of the New Year. The second day is when married daughters visit their parents.
Bak Kwa via Soy and Pepper
å¤§å±•é´»åœ– DÃ zhÇŽnhÃ³ngtÃº - "May you realize your ambitions"
Mandarin Oranges 4 of 8Eating mandarin oranges is said to bring good luck and fortune. I've also heard kumquats are a popular plant to eat or to buy the flowers for to symbolize prosperity.
Gingered Clementine and Pomegranate Shrimp via Food for My Family
è¿Žæ˜¥æŽ¥ç¦ YÃngchÃºnjiÄ“fÃº - "Greet the New Year and encounter happiness"
Jau Gok 5 of 8Dumplings are often eaten as a symbol of luck and wealth. Often they are consumed on the fifth day of the New Year as businesses open again.
Jau Gok via Fabulous Foods
å‰æ…¶æœ‰é¤˜ JÃqÃ¬ngyÇ’uyÃº - "May your happiness be without limit"
Yusheng 6 of 8Usually eaten on the seventh day for continued wealth in the New Year.
Yusheng via SBS Food
æ‹›è²¡é€²å¯¶ ZhÄocÃ¡ijÃ¬nbÇŽo - "When wealth is acquired, precious objects follow"
Buddah’s Delight 7 of 8This popular vegetarian dish is eaten for prosperity in the New Year. Vegetarian dishes are also consumed on the 13th day of the New Year in order to cleanse the body from all the rich food of the past two weeks.
Buddah's Delight via Noob Cook
é‡‘çŽ‰æ»¿å ‚ JÄ«nyÃ¹mÇŽntÃ¡ng - "May your wealth [gold and jade] come to fill a hall"
Tang Yuan 8 of 8Traditionally eaten on the 15th day during the Lantern Festival, these glutinous rice balls are brewed in broth. Lit candles and lanterns are to guide spirits home.
Tang Yuan via Bread et Butter
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