新年快乐 Xin Nian Kuai Le!
Xin is new and Nian is year. Kuai Le is happiness, joy, pleasure, delight, or rejoicings.
So “Happy New Year” in English is “New Year Happy”. In Chinese is “Xin Nian Kuai Le” 新年快乐.
In 2012 as we all know, Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 23 and it is Year of the Dragon.
But did you know that in the Chinese calendar, it will be the year 4710?
Chinese New Year’s Eve reunion dinner is a most important family event to honor ancestors and family ties.
During Chinese New Year celebration lasting 15 days, families and friends host gatherings and feasts featuring foods meant to bring good luck in the new year, exchange gifts and Hong Bao (red packet).
Did you know CNY dishes all have meaning, some of them are:
• A whole chicken or duck symbolizes happiness and a proper beginning and end to the year. Duck also represents fidelity while eggs mean fertility
• Dumplings or jiaozi, symbolize prosperity and wealth because their shape is similar to ancient Chinese currency
• Long noodles symbolize long life
• Rice brings well being and good fortune
• Shrimp or prawns for liveliness and happiness
• A whole fish symbolizes happiness and prosperity. This dish is often eaten last and is left unfinished so that happiness and prosperity may be carried into the new year.
• Any dish that includes lettuce is thought to bring growing good fortune.
• Oranges mean completeness and wholeness
I wish you and family a very New Year Happy 新年快乐 Xin Nian Kuai Le!
To all non Chinese friends, do take your children on a fascinating cultural experience — celebrate Chinese New Year!
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