3 Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year
The Chinese calendar’s most significant festival, due to its meaning and size, is the Chinese New Year. Celebrated for more than four thousand years, the Chinese New Year represents a time of renewal and good fortune.
To join the more than one billion people who celebrate the holiday, below are Chinese New Year traditions to not only bring good fortune, but great flavors since food is a tremendous part of this annual celebration.
Try these treats on your menu and decorate for a Chinese New Year dinner party with family and friends to commemorate this special time of prosperity:
- Dumplings and noodles. Dumplings and noodles hold symbolic meaning during this festival and deserve extra time in the spotlight (and under the blaze of firecrackers). Dumplings represent wealth due to their resemblance to ancient gold ingots (a form of China’s currency). Prepare meat and veggie dumplings to satisfy your omnivore and vegetarian guests alike! Impress your guests with an array of dumpling options: fried and steamed, and in a broth with noodles or over rice. When it comes to noodles, lengthy, pliable strands of noodles embody longevity and how our lives have many twists and turns. If you have a truly authentic menu planned for the Chinese New Year, add changshou mian. These two-foot long noodles symbolize wishes for a very long life! Prepare a simple sauce blending your preferred broth with soy sauce to taste. Arrange the cooked noodles in a bowl, and then pour the simple broth over them before serving. Garnish with sliced scallions.
- Walkers Scottie Dog Shortbread. The Chinese New Year moves through the Chinese zodiac each year to celebrate a different animal in the zodiac. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, one of the most positive and prosperous years in the Chinese zodiac. The culture places strong beliefs that anyone born during the Year of the Dog will have a very successful life. Honor this year’s animal in a sweet way with Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dogs. Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dogs come in a variety of flavors so you can find a dog to match the personality of all your loved ones: chocolate, chocolate chip, butterscotch, traditional shortbread, or get the Scottie Dog Assortment to sample a bunch of flavors! The Scottie Dog snack pack makes a perfect party favor too. All our Scottie Dog shortbread come in Walkers’ iconic red tartan packing. Red, symbolizing joy and good fortune, is one of the most important colors in the Chinese New Year celebration. Not only will your sweet treats celebrate the Year of the Dog, but Walkers’ iconic red tartan packaging honors the holiday too!
- Chinese New Year dinner decorations and activities! Now that you have a few treats for your dinner and dessert menu, let’s focus on décor. As we shared above, red is a positive and powerful color in Chinese culture. Red paper lanterns honor the tradition and add a special touch to your celebration. Another tradition includes placing paper cutouts in windows and, of course, red carries over to this tradition as well! Featuring intricate Chinese folk-art designs that often include floral patterns and the zodiac animal being honored for the year, Chinese paper cutouts add a beautiful touch to your celebration. They represent all the themes of the Chinese New Year: happiness, wealth, and longevity. Invite guests to commemorate the evening in photos by setting up a photo booth with these Year of the Dog Photo Booth props. Just like global New Year celebrations with fireworks, firecrackers make an annual appearance in Chinese New Year festivities. Of course, check your local laws and ordinances before purchasing or safely using any of those!
The number eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture, so try to incorporate that into your celebration. Start your party at eight, invite eight guests, serve eight different types of dumplings, or eight different desserts featuring Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dogs.