Happy New Year! Again!

Hi Zoinkers! We are so excited to celebrate New Year’s 🙂 (and we thought we’d have to wait a whole year to do that again!)

No, your calender is not wrong nor are we playing a prank. 23rd Jan 2012 is the beginning for the year of the Dragon, in China and they are celebrating it big!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! No prizes for guessing what it means! 😛

The year of the dragon is considered especially special by the Chinese because dragon is the only animal in their zodiac which is mythical. In China dragons are seen as protectors and symbols of good fortune and great power. And since they are larger than life, the year is expected to see grand events. 2012 under the influence of the Dragon it is a yang year. Yang Water is like a flowing river, which means movement; of  ideas, flow of creativity, economies expected to boom, and love to blossom in this environment. Sounds like a really exciting year is about to begin 🙂

And of course, celebrations mean loads of good food and Chinese are no exception to this rule. In order to make the year lucky, they start with a meal with special dishes to mark what they want for the new year. Maybe we should also order in from our favorite chinese take out and see if it really works.

Things you would need on the menu:

For long life

Long Noodles:  Dont break them as they symbolizes long life and continuous good fortune.

Fish: In mandarin, the word fish ‘Yu’ sounds like the word for ‘wish’ and ‘abundance’. Might seem fishy, but what’s the harm in trying to fool the fates? 🙂

Chicken : Would need to find a place which serves a whole chicken for this to work it’s magic as the whole  chicken represents wholeness and prosperity.

Sweet and sour pork : This is for the old folks wanting grandchildren as the Cantonese word for “sour” sounds like the word for grandchild.

Lucky fruits!

Jiaozi or Momos:  These represent family reunions. The round shape also invokes the shape of coins, thus also representing wealth.
Oranges: This is served at the end of the meal and sweet tang is supposed to be flavored like luck.
Well, that’s quite a meal, isn’t it? Whether it actually brings luck and what not, the food is sure to put you  in such a good mood that the rest of year will be worth looking forward to!
Once again, hope you have a great year ahead! 🙂
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