Chinese New Year 

 春节 Chūnjié, better known as Chinese New Year is an important holiday in Asian culture celebrated throughout the world. During two weeks of festivities with rituals & other activities a new year with wealth and good fortune is celebrated as well as it is a holiday to spend time with family. It is also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, beginning on Chinese New Year’s Eve and ending with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the year.  

Chinese New Year in 2022 will start on February 1st, and while traditions may differ, they all revolve around the concept of good fortune and wealth as families gather for a large feast. Read more about the several festive customs, as well as how to avoid poverty in the upcoming year. 

Year of the tiger
The animal sign of 2022 is tiger. What is your Chinese zodiac sign? You can check it out hereThere is a saying that people born in years of the Tiger are vigorous and ambitious, daring and courageous, enthusiastic and generous, self-confident with a sense of justice and a commitment to help others for the greater good.  

New Year’s fireworks
Traditionally fireworks and firecrackers were used in Chinese New Year festivities. Major cities organized public fireworks displays, while residents in rural regions did the same for private gatherings. Fireworks were used to herald the coming of the new year while also warding off evil. Taking the environment into account, fireworks are nowadays replaced by drones. Major cities organize beautiful drone shows for everyone to enjoy. 

Family feast 
On Chinese New Year, family reunion feasts are held. A family reunion supper is one of the most significant traditions in the Lunar New Year celebrations. Fish, dumplings, and other traditional meals are served to families. Given the importance of food in Chinese culture, it is not surprising that certain dishes play a major role in Chinese New Year celebrations.  

Spring rolls and egg rolls symbolize wealth because their shape is similar to gold bars. Dumplings signify family reunion as most families spend New Year’s Eve together preparing them before eating them at midnight. The word for fish, “鱼 Yú ” sounds like the Chinese words for both “wish” and “abundance.” As a result, it’s customary to serve a fish at the end of the New Year’s evening meal, symbolizing a wish for abundance in the coming year. 

Dragon and lion dances
During the Chinese New Year events, dragon and lion dances are quite popular in China and Chinatowns in Western countries. They’re said to bring riches and good fortune in the next year. 

Honouring ancestors
During the Chinese New Year, honouring ancestors is a practice that is taken very seriously. On Chinese New Year’s Eve, people pay a visit to their ancestors’ graves, presenting sacrifices to the dead as a symbol of respect (allowing ancestors to “eat” first), and adding an additional glass to the supper table. 

CIM’s activities
This year we are hosting a workshop in celebration of the new year. Since last year’s cooking workshop with Tia was a great success, we are hosting a cooking workshop once again with Tia to make traditional Chinese dumpling or better known as 饺子 Jiǎozi. Join this online workshop as she will teach how you can make your own dumplings! The live and follow along cooking session will start at 3:00 pm and will take about one hour. 

To register for the workshop you can click here
 



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