Taditional Yu Sheng purchased from the supermarket. Yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.
Prosperity Toss (Mixing it up) ~ the higher, the better!
I hope it isn't suppose to stay inside the plate...
The Chinese New Year's Eve meal is the most important dinner of the year. Traditionally, families have gathered at a designated relative's house for dinner, but modern days, many families celebrate New Year's Eve dinner at a restaurant. Many restaurants require reservations months in advance, not to mention, you are lucky to find one that is actually open. There are also some families that hire a professional chef to come cook at their house ~ the same families that refurnish their homes every year for the New Year! Yes, I am still jealous!
Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration and each day, many families rotate celebrations between homes of their relatives. The festivies go on all day and sometimes, a family ends up cooking two meals for their relatives, once at lunch and once at dinner, much like my traditional Christmas or Thanksgiving celebration.
Some other traditional foods for CNY:
- Eight Treasures Rice (contains glutinous rice, walnuts, different colored dry fruit, raisins, sweet red bean paste, jujube dates, and almonds).
- "Tang Yuan" - black sesame rice ball soup; or a Won Ton soup.
- Chicken, duck, fish and pork dishes.
- "Song Gao", literally translates to "loose cake"- which is made of rice which has been coursely ground and then formed into a small, sweet round cake.
- "Jiu Niang Tang" - sweet wine-rice soup which contains small glutinous rice balls
- a sweet soup made of cut-up fruit: Cut fruit is added into hot/warm water which has had a thickening agent (like cornstarch).
Lion Dance CNY 2012
Chinese Lunar New Year 2012
Our 1st 2 oranges!