BY HANNAH HAYES AND ELIZABETH SHARROW
Chinese New Year is a time full of festivals and fun for the Chinese people. It is widely associated as the most important social and economic holiday in China. On Chinese New Year, people throw lots of festivals to celebrate and honor household and heavenly deities and their ancestors. These celebrations bring family close together to enjoy major feasts and other activities. Here is a video to help give you a better understanding of Chinese New Year: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/chinese-new-year/videos/chinese-new-year
During Chinese New Year, it is believed that if you eat certain foods, you will gain luck for the new year ahead. The top seven of these lucky foods are: fish, dumplings, spring rolls, good fortune fruit, Tangyuan (sweet rice balls), Nian Gao (glutinous rice cakes), and long noodles. All of these foods each have a unique meaning to them. Some examples would be that dumplings supposedly will bring you luck with wealth and long noodles (if you eat them without cutting them) will give you a longer life. Here is more about these lucky foods and a few recipes for them: https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-food/chinese-new-year-food.htm
This fifteen day long celebration is full of meaning and fun. All festivities are to celebrate the luck of the present and future and to pay respects to ancestors. We hope you enjoyed this article lots! Foreign culture is a fun topic, and it’s always interesting to learn something new! Hope you’ll all have a wonderful new year.