“Whizzzzzzzzzz…BANG!” Yes, it’s that time of year again. A time where streets are lit up with bright flamboyant lights, sounds of crackling fireworks can be heard a mile away, smells of freshly baked moon cakes play with our nostrils, and the laughter of jovial people fill the air. No, it’s not Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, or Labor Day. It’s the Chinese New Year! This is a time where all worries and sorrows are left behind and the only rule is to be merry and celebrate. Each year represents a different animal of the Chinese Zodiac and this New Year is the year of the horse. Why is the Chinese New Year so awesome? Three reasons: 1) It tells of an amazing origin of the Chinese culture, 2) It is when Chinese cooking and cuisine goes all out, and 3) We celebrate it with our own style and flare. Chinese New Year one of the most amazing holidays known to man and that’s a fact.
When we celebrate the Chinese New Year, we are celebrating China’s rich, fascinating,
What holiday would be complete with out the aromatic flavors of extraordinary cuisine The Chinese New Year is no exception. Once gathered around the table, many dishes would be brought out and together they would dine. Each of the lesser peoples would have their own parties and invite their families and friends. When the Chinese New Year arrives, our family has a smaller scale celebration. My mother cooks a special noodle soup that stands for longevity and prosperity that is enjoyed by all our families and friends. By dusk, each of the younger kids are slipped little red envelops filled with money as their reward for being good during the year. Back in the days of the "Dynasties"tm, the year revolved around the lunar cycle and when the new year came, the emperors would hold gargantuan feasts in honor of the gods who would in turn bring forth a new year filled with prosperity, fortune, and happiness. It is a time where families and friends get together and set aside petty differences. That"tms why so many people are invited on such a joyous occasion. On the day of festivities, a typical dining table is filled with dishes ranging from "Almond chicken"tm to "Zhen long stir-fry"tm. If a camera were to span across the table, it would take pictures of specialty dishes such as: double lobster w ginger and green onion, double-cooked pork, Vancouver king crab, seafood lo mien, steamed oysters clams, dim sum items, seafood veggie dumplings, Shanghai-style wonton noodle soup, steamed pork buns, steamed red bean buns, assorted moon cakes, and the list goes on and on. The Chinese New Year doesn"tmt actually begin or end on a certain day. Then at night, a festive and jovial parade would tread across town where reenactments of legendary stories would be shown. We make red bean pudding cakes and eat freshly baked moon cakes.