Happy Chinese New Year 2012

January 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Chinese year of the Dragon has begun today as the first day of the Chinese New Year is officially underway.

A fantastic firework display lit up the sky in Beijing last night as Chinese communities across the world welcomed the New Year. Waving goodbye to the year of the Rabbit (the animal which symbolises my own birthday), they are now welcoming the much thought after year of the Dragon, which coincidentally symbolises my son Robert’s birthday.

Chinese Year of the Dragon

Symbolising luck, good fortune and empowerment many Chinese people believe that great things come from the year of the Dragon suggesting that we have lots to look forward to in 2012.

For me the Chinese New Year is a celebration which has a great sense of community. Brimming with vibrancy and tradition the entire festival is sculpted around are intrigue and mythology, which has travelled through hundreds of years.

During the 15 day long festival families come together to enjoy traditional Chinese cuisine, exchange gifts and wish good fortune and prosperity on one another.  What is most visibility enchanting about the Chinese New Year for an outsider is the fantastic decorations and costumes which adorn homes and Chinese communities- such as China Town’s found in London and Manchester. Red and gold are often focus points for such as they symbolise luck and wealth within the Chinese tradition.

Chiense New Year decoration

Each year I look forward to reading about which animal will be representing that year but I’m always staggered by how many people don’t know that Chinese year they were born in. Finding your animal is great fun as you can read the traits which tradition would suggest you possess and work out if it really is true- I’d recommend using Astrology.com

Last year I shared some classic Chinese recipes which are typically enjoyed during the Chinese New Year festival including spring rolls, dumplings, hot and sour noodle soup and chilli beef. They are all wonderful easy to make at home and can make Chinese New Year celebration very authentic.

Happy Chinese New Year!

 

 

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