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Chinese New Year Food

Chinese New Year is one of the most important festival in China. Chinese New Year 2011 will be on February 3rd, 2011. Chinese New Year is also called Spring Festival in China. To most Chiense people, eating and drinking are the daily activity of New Year celebration. Chinese New Year Foods are very important to Chinese people. All family members come together to eat at this time. Chinese New Year foods are not only delicious but it is traditional to eat certain foods over this festival. Chinese Dumplings, Fish, Spring Rolls, Nian Gao are usually seen as delicious and eaten at this time.

1. Fish In Chinese, Fish sounds like “save more”. Chinese People always like save more money at the end of year because they think if they save more, they can make more in the next year.

2. Chinese Dumplings With a long history of more than 1,800 years, dumplings are a traditional food widely popular in China, especially in North China such as in Zhengzhou, Chengde, Dalian, Harbin, etc. Dumplings generally consist of minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables wrapped into a thin and elastic piece of dough skin. Popular fillings are mince pork, diced shrimp, fish, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. They can be cooked by boiling, steaming, frying or baking. Dumplings are the symbol of Chinese food, and a traditional dish eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve. Chinese Dumplings look like silver ingots. Legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during New Year celebration, more money you can make in the New Year. Almost all Chinese people can make dumplings, first mix the dough, second make the dough into wrappers by a rolling pin, third fill the wrappers with pork, beef, vegetable, fish or anything else can be used as stuffing.

3. Spring Roll Spring rolls are a Cantonese dim sum dish of cylindrical shape. The filling of spring rolls could be vegetables or meat, and the taste could be either sweet or savory. After fillings are wrapped in spring roll wrappers, the next step is frying. Then the spring rolls are given their golden yellow color. It is a dish especially popular in Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Fujian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, etc. They get their name because they are traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year Celebration.

4. Nian Gao In Chinese, Nian Gao sounds like “getting higher year by year”. In Chinese people’s mind, the higher you are, the more prosperous your business is. Main ingredients of Nian Gao are sticky rice, sugar, Chestnuts, Chinese date and lotus leaves.

Above are the major food that most Chinese eat during the Chinese New Year. China is a big country. There are some differences betweent the north and the south. Chinese in south China eat chicken, duck, pork, beef, fish as their New Year food too.

 

 

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“Villagers” in Chinese New Year Parade Dress Rehearsal 2.2012

Village Girls and Boys in the dress rehearsal/performance at the Dynasty Restaurant in Cupertino 2/8/2012, getting ready for San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade on 2/11/2012. The whole procession also includes a long dragon carried by a dozen kids, and many turtle warriors serving the king of the dragon at the East Sea. Also there are drummers.
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Chinese Celebrate “Year of the Rat” in California

CHAN: The “Year of the Rat” began yesterday with celebrations in full swing not only in China, but all over the globe, as over 35 million overseas Chinese join the festivities. In the US state of California, a vibrant celebration was held at the Chua Thien Han Temple in Los Angeles, while grand parades were held in San Francisco. Let’s check out the fun. STORY: The “Year of the Rat” is considered by some Chinese to be unusual because of the rat’s perceived unattractiveness, though those born in the “Year of the Rat” aren’t necessarily deemed “unlucky.” [Catherine Lo, Celebrating Chinese New Year in LA]: “Actually, I heard that people who are ‘rat’ are quite smart in literature and in terms of art, so they’re actually very skilled. Whereas a lot of predictions are that they’re lazy or that they have bad fortune, but actually a lot of famous people are in the rat year.” In traditional style, incense burned, while Chinese lions danced at a temple made to honor Chinese goddess Lin Meng in LA’s Chinatown. The show ended with a grand finale of snapping firecrackers. Several celebrations lasting through the weekend have been planned, including a parade through downtown LA on Saturday. Meanwhile San Francisco’s Chinese New Year parade boasts a golden dragon manned by more than 100 martial artists, as well as an appearance by this year’s newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA For many, Chinese New Year represents happy memories of childhood and a chance to reconnect with family. [Jackie
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