Chinese New Year begins tomorrow. The rat is the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac and begins the first year of a 12 year cycle. We have am number of Chinese clients and are fascinated by their culture and traditions. The New year is typically celebrated with family and friends with the spirit of starting anew....there are traditional foods served and in China the celebration extends for two weeks. The timing of the holiday centers around the first new moon and can be in January and February. The celebration begins tonight...New Year's Eve. Different foods served have different meanings. A whole fish symbolizes prosperity. Dumplings, a very popular Chinese menu item that can be filled with shrimp, chicken, pork or other combinations of foods, symbolize wealth. It is likely that noodles, signifying longevity, will also be a part of the menu.The addition of grapes and peas to the menu promise prosperity in the new year.
In keeping with the new year...the houses are cleaned...and everything about a person is also cleaned from a shower and shampoo to manicures. It is all a part of the spirited renewing and lucky tradition.
Fireworks are set off at midnight and again in the early morning to celebrate the coming of the new year. Some families burn play paper money to honor their ancestors, their belief is that it will bring good fortune to them in the afterlife.
The color red is very prominent in this celebration and it symbolizes prosperity. We have given our Chinese clients "New Year's Prosperity" gifts in bright red bags. The bags are filled with all things that wish them well in the new year. Gold foil covered chocolate coins, strawberry candy and other "celebration goodies" are our choice to wish them well in th enew year.
However you choose to celebrate this holiday....we wish you the most prosperous of this new year with only the best of everything to come.
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