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Chinatown Online's Chinese New Year Page  

Review by Debbie Mazo


Chinatown Online 
The oldest and most important festival in China is the Spring Festival, more commonly known in the West as Chinese New Year. The Spring Festival celebrates the earth coming back to life, and includes traditional customs like preparing a large family dinner. To ring in the New Year Chinese style, visit Chinatown Online's Chinese New Year page.

Part of a guide to Chinese communities around the world, this holiday web page will guide you through the rituals of the Chinese New Year season. First, discover what the Year of the Snake holds for you. A year of preparation, the Year of the Snake is a time to fix your eyes on your goals. Enhance your luck by exploring some of the seasonal traditions like good luck couplets, Chinese good luck sayings written on red paper. Pin the couplets in special places like your kitchen and frighten off the monster Nian, who arrives at this time of year to destroy crops and homes.

Chinatown OnlinePreparations for the New Year festival start during the last few days of the last moon. At the center of the festivities is food, cooked and eaten in large portions at Chinese households. Based on their name, shape, or color, many of the foods served have symbolic meanings that bring happiness, prosperity, or luck.

One favorite recipe served at Chinese New Year celebrations is Yau Gwok or Deep Fried Puffs. These crescent-shaped treats, featuring ingredients like roasted peanuts and fried white sesame seeds, resemble the traditional Chinese gold ingot (tael). You can also sample golden Jin Dui (Chinese Sesame Cookies), which represent the symbol of prosperity.

This is a perfect time to experiment with Chinese foods in your kitchen, so stop by Chinatown Online's Food page for even more highlights of Chinese cuisine. Here, you can browse an Ingredients Guide, Recipe of the Month, Menu Translator, and more. Full of time-honored suggestions for this year's Spring Festival, Chinatown Online has all the necessary ingredients for celebrating the Chinese New Year.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].

Copyright © 2001, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.


    January 2001


This page created January 2001