Chinese New Year Celebrations
On February 19, we bid adieu to the Chinese Year of the Horse (2014), and, depending on who you ask, we usher in the Year of the Sheep, Goat or Ram. 2015 is associated with the Mandarin word “yang” which means any “ruminant mountain animal with horns.” What specific animal a person pairs with the year will likely depend on where they are from, or what animal they best associate with.
Celebrating the Chinese New Year may or may not be a part of your yearly tradition. Regardless, we’re here to share a little insight on the “Year of the Yang” and foods that are traditionally served to celebrate the new year.
In Chinese history, the sheep (or goat, or ram) has been an animal that people seem to like more than others, as it is well-natured and gentle. Plus, since ancient times, people have used sheep fleece and skin for clothing and other tools. And, since it is white, Chinese people associate sheep with all things delicate, precious and good. Thus, those born in the year of the sheep (or goat, or ram) are said to be calm, gentle, amicable and creative.
To ring in the new year, there are several foods that are said to bring good luck and fortune:
- Lobster – a symbol of masculinity and power (and for their resemblance to majestic dragons), lobsters are popular dishes on Chinese New Year.
- Chicken – a symbol of femininity and peace, chicken is also eaten in tandem with lobster to bring balance to a marriage/home.
- Lychees – these sweet fruits are enjoyed to symbolize family abundance and togetherness
- Peaches – Did you know peaches actually originated in Northern China? The fruit symbolizes longevity, wealth and health.
- Mandarins, Oranges or Tangerines – their golden-colored skin represents prosperity and good luck. Even better if you can buy them with stems and leaves attached – those parts of the fruit represent longevity.
- Dumplings – these tasty treats are said to bring a troubled family together, since so many hands are required to make them.
Is your small business celebrating the Chinese New Year? Let us know in the comments section below!
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