Year of the Horse

11:10 AM

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. So what does that mean? Well, according to Chinese astrologists, it could mean a whole lot depending on what animal you are in the Chinese zodiac. I guess if your business has anything to do with wood or fire, it will be a good year for you! Oh, and beware of volcanoes this year according to a recent article in The Independent.

Well, in our house it means giving the boys red envelopes with money, setting out a pair of mandarin oranges with red envelopes in each room, visiting family and friends and making a New Year's feast. The Chinese believe it is important to serve food symbolizing prosperity and good fortune. So on this year's menu, I plan on making:

  • Scallion Pancakes: roundness = togetherness, gold = wealth
  • Pork Dumplings: the shape of the dumplings resembles old ingot-shaped coins = wealth
  • Chinese Broccoli: blossoming flowers = life
  • Longevity Noodles: long noodles = long life
  • Tea Eggs: Gold-colored eggs resemble gold nuggets = prosperity

Happy New Year and Gong Hay Fat Choy!

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