The 2012 Chinese New Year is one of the most important traditional Chinese holidays.
On January 23, 2012 people everywhere around the world will gather together to mark the beginning of the year of the Dragon. The Dragon is legendary in the Chinese zodiac. It is notable for it’s energy and ability to make everything larger than life. It is a great year to get married, have children and start new business ventures.
The Chinese New Year is a time to reunite with family and friends, give gifts, eat delicious traditional Chinese food and a time to reflect on behavior and beliefs. It is a time when many families get rid of the bad luck and make way for the good luck by cleaning, decluttering and organizing their home.
Red is the predominant colour of the celebration and represents joy, virtue, sincerity and truth. Doors and windows are decorated with red signs representing wealth, longevity and happiness.
Traditionally the Chinese New Year is celebrated by dinners typically consisting of duck, pork, fish, and sweets in the home with family and friends. The night ends with a big display of firecrackers.
No matter where you are around the world, the Chinese New Year it is the perfect time to gather for a delicious meal inspired by Chinese cuisine.
Here are some great party food ideas I found from Ching-He Huang’s cookbook “Ching’s Everyday Easy Chinese,” plus a selection of recipes to inspire a little magic and help celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Ultimate 2012 Chinese New Year Menu
Traditional Chinese New Year Foods
More food is consumed during the Chinese New Year celebrations than at any other time of the year.
On New Year’s Day, a Chinese family will typically eat a vegetarian dish called jai. This includes many root vegetables or vegetables with fibre.
Some superstitions include:
- Lotus seed – signify having many male offspring
- Ginkgo nut – represents silver ingots
- Black moss seaweed – is a homonym for exceeding in wealth
- Dried bean curd is another homonym for fulfillment of wealth and happiness
- Bamboo shoots – is a term which sounds like “wishing that everything would be well”
- Fresh bean curd or tofu is not included as it is white and unlucky for New Year as the color signifies death and misfortune.
Other foods include a whole fish, to represent togetherness and abundance, and a chicken for prosperity.