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Customs, Recipes, & Cookbooks
for Lunar New Year

by Kate Heyhoe


In many respects, the Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans celebrate their New Year more like we celebrate Christmas. For about a month before the old year ends, and for the first two weeks of the new year, Asian families practice specific rituals, customs and celebrations in honor of the New Year, including gift-giving, decorations, worship, travel, parades, reunions and feasts.


Chinese Temple

These Asian cultures, which make up more than one-quarter of the world's population, observe the lunar calendar with a New Year that falls sometime in January or February.

Lunar New Year is known as Solnal in Korea, Tet in Vietnam, and Xin Nien in Mandarin.

Here are a few examples of the customs observed at Lunar New Year:

San Francisco hosts its spectacularly lavish Lunar New Year parade annually, as do other Asian centers in the U.S. If you live in a city with a large Asian center, check with the Chamber of Commerce to see when the parade and festivities will be held locally.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Xin Nien Kuai Le! (Cantonese)
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Sun Nin Fy Lok! (Mandarin)
"Wishing you prosperity! Happy New Year!"

Chuc Mu'ng Nam Mo'I
Happy New Year (Vietnamese)

Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo
(Say-hay boke mahn-he pah-du-say-oh)
Happy New Year (Korean)

Lunar New Year Recipes, Cookbooks & Columns


Lunar New Year Handbook


Kate's Global Kitchen for February 2002:
02/01/02     Super Bowl & Mardi Gras: Roux's of the Game
02/08/02     Horsing Around at Lunar New Year
02/15/02     Mascarpone Magic
02/22/02     Citrus: The Jewels of Winter

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