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Easy Recipes for Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year Eve falls on 25th January 2020. This year is the year of the Rat, the first of all the Chinese Zodiac animals. Legend tells us that the Jade Emperor said the order should be decided based on when each animal arrived at his party. The crafty Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride, then just before they reached the party, jumped down and landed ahead of the Ox – so arriving first.
In Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of wealth, surplus and fertility. Married couples pray to them for children. And, the year of the Rat is always seen as the year of new beginnings. This Chinese New Year, the year of the Metal Rat, is supposed to bring success both financially and in love!
The New Year’s Eve dinner is the most important feast in the Chinese calendar. It is the ‘Reunion’ dinner when all family members should be together. It’s so laced with superstition that if one member of the family can’t make it back home, the rest of the family will often leave a space for them, with a spare set of cutlery crockery and eating utensils.
But, preparation for Chinese New Year starts well before then – and carries on for a couple of weeks after! From January 17th to 24th is ‘Little Year’ when families will start to prepare their feasts.
Next, the 11 days of Chinese New year, from January 25th to February 4th
Finally, the Lantern Festival – with preparations starting on 5th February and the festival itself on February 8th.
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