I work with a lovely Chinese couple who wanted to celebrate the new year with us so they brought lunch for the whole office on Wed. Isn't that sweet! I must admit I was a little confused to walk into the kitchen and find ham sanwiches and chips and salsa, although grateful, I thought "what does this have to do with Chinese New Year?"
Come to find out, thanks to the lovely contributors to wikipedia, it is tradition to eat "pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies." Although it made only a little more sense (I still don't get the chips and salsa), it peaked my interest, so course I had to read the rest of the article.
Some of my favorite traditions I would love to incorporate into our family traditions:
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4. Of course eat Chinese Food (we like Asian Isle, do you have a favorite?) and try to stick with
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5. Firework Display
Bamboo stems filled with gunpowder that were burnt to create small explosions were once used in ancient China to drive away evil spirits. In modern times, this method has eventually evolved into the use of firecrackers during the festive season.
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Ultimately, our Chinese friends compared Chinese New Year to our American Thanksgiving. A time when much of the city closes down and everyone migrates home to be with their family. I would love to incorporate more of these traditions into our family life. Sounds like so much fun.