Chinese New Year or 'Spring Festival' is China's most important festival and holiday time. Chinese New Year 2019 falls on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, beginning a year of the Pig. China's public holiday will be February 4–10, 2019. how much do you know about Spring Festival?
Chinese New Year Dishes
Family is the basis of the Chinese society, which is seen through the significance placed on the New Year's Eve dinner or Reunion dinner. This feast is extremely important to the Chinese. All family members must come back. Even if they truly can't, the rest of the family will leave their spot empty and place a spare set of utensils for them.
In the legend of the Spring Festival's origin, this was when the monster Nian would come and terrorize the villages. The people would hide in their homes, prepare a feast with offerings to the ancestors and gods, and hope for the best.
Food is one of the things that the Chinese take the most pride in. And of course, lot of care and thought is put into the menu for the most important holiday of the year.
As with Chinese New Year activities and decorations, the dishes are created to give blessings for the next year. Both the names and looks are symbols of wishes for prosperity, happiness and auspiciousness.
Though every region (even household) have different customs, there are some common dishes seen on every table.
Eggrolls are probably the most well-known of Chinese cuisine. However, they’re actually “spring rolls.” They are eaten during the Spring Festival in Southern China to celebrate the coming of spring. More specifically, they are eaten on the first day of spring . They can appear on the table as a dinner dish, appetizer or snack.
Most are familiar with the deep fried version of spring rolls. Throughout China, they can also be steamed or baked. Size and shape vary from small rectangles to large flat circles.
Another well-known dish, dumplings are the northern equivalent of spring rolls. They are eaten during every special occasion, but are the most significant during Chinese New Year. That's a lot of dumplings! But there's good reason.
There are too many different types of filling to count. You can have whatever type of meat, vegetable and flavor you'd like.
In some places, it's custom to cook dumplings and noodles together. This is called gold silk and gold ingots. It's yet another dish to express people's wishes for prosperity.
Though the origin of noodles is heavily disputed, there's no doubt that noodles are a staple in Chinese cuisine.
Fish is a must for the Chinese New Year. Why does fish symbolize surplus and wealth? In Chinese, fish has the same pronunciation as “surplus” or “extra.” The typical blessing is(Nián nián yǒuyú), wishing you to have a surplus (or fish) of food and money every year.
A whole chicken is another symbol of family. Rich in protein, one chicken is enough to feed an entire family. It represents reunion and rebirth. To express this auspicious meaning, people keep the head and claws.
After cooking, people will first offer the chicken to the ancestors. Though only a superstition now, praying to the ancestors for blessings and protection is still a significant part of the Spring Festival and Chinese culture.
Nian gao, also known as “rice cake” or “New Year cake” in English, are a must for Chinese New Year.
In ancient times, nian gao were used only as offerings to the ancestors and gods. Gradually, they became a traditional dish during the Spring Festival. Now they are available every day of the year, but are still a special treat for the festival.
Spring is the season to plant new seeds. Traditionally, the Spring Festival is the best time to finish all the vegetables stored and preserved from the winter.
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