Do you like Asian culture? Why not celebrate Chinese New Year? In this article, we explain more about the customs of the country and take you on a journey to discover 3 traditional recipes.
The Year of the Rat
January 25, 2020 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. The year is under the sign of the Rat, symbolizing wealth and abundance in the local culture. In general, locals celebrate the event for 7 days, from the day before until the 6th day of the first month of the lunar calendar.
However, tradition states that the Lantern Festival lasts a total of 16 days, until the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar. Many families take the opportunity to buy gifts and new clothes as well as to do a spring cleaning.
A colourful event
In China, customs vary by province, but some are similar. The important thing for locals is to celebrate the Chinese New Year with family or friends, over a dinner called Nianyefan. Fireworks are a matter of course. For a whole week, fireworks are heard to go off all over the streets to drive out the "evil spirits."
Here are some ideas to enhance the atmosphere and decorate your home for the Chinese New Year:
- Red lanterns;
- Table sets, cut paper;
- Red dragon garlands.
Recipe ideas for Chinese New Year
Ready to set sail for the Middle Kingdom? Gather your loved ones for dinner and enjoy these three traditional dishes. By the way, did you know that spring rolls symbolize a rich new year, dumplings symbolize luck, while longevity noodles, a must-have, promise a long and healthy life? Don't miss our recipes: