Chinese New Year (3) Collection
jiaozi - chinese dumplings 
yu sang (chinese new year salad) 
new year's cake (neen gow) 
 
 
 
> from: "robert loomis" <bobloo...@msn.com> 
> i am hoping for some recipes for food to prepare for a chinese new year 
> celebration. thanks 
 
chinese new year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice (all 
months begin with a new moon). in 2005 (year 4703 on the chinese calendar) 
chinese new year started on february 9th. the chinese new year season lasts for 
an entire month there is an interesting legend surrounding the origin of chinese 
new year. in ancient times, people were tormented by a beast called a nian. the 
nian had a very large mouth, which it used to swallow many people with a single 
bite. finally, an old man found a way to trick the beast into disappearing. 
people celebrate this event at chinese new year. in fact, nian means "year" in 
modern chinese, and people often say guo nian, meaning "celebrate new year," 
while the literal translation is "survive the nian." the custom of setting off 
fire-crackers and decorating the home with red paper also has its origins in the 
myth of the man-eating beast. the loud noises and bright colors are designed to 
make sure nian is too scared to ever return. the lantern festival marks the end 
of the new year season. in reality, new years festivities probably evolved from a 
desire to celebrate the end of winter and the fertility and rebirth that comes 
with spring. today, new years is about family reunions and wishing everyone good 
fortune in the coming year. 
 
 
(ID: 3462) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Tue, Feb 22, 2005


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