Chinese New Year is January 23 this year.....Do you celebrate this holiday?

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Chinese New Year is January 23 this year.....Do you celebrate this holiday?
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Tue, 01-03-2012 - 11:04pm
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We don't really celebrate Chinese New Year, but the kids do study it in school and have a parade with masks and things they make to represent the holiday.

What foods are eaten? Maybe I'll make something special that night...depending on what it is!!
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I lived in Hong Kong for a long time and some of the typical dishes are:

Pork, especially shoulder and/or hock, chicken, fish (the pronunciation of fish is similar to "excess", which is good omen), shrimp (the pronunciation of shrimp sounds like laughter, another good omen), lettuce (rhymes with "getting rich"), fresh or dried oysters, and shiitake mushrooms.

Many families also have at least one vegetarian meal (and sometimes an entire day of vegetarian food) as it is a good thing to avoid killing on New Year's Day.

Since Chinese holiday meals are 1. intended for a large crowd and 2. requires either a cook or the woman to stay in the kitchen all the time, it is simply not practical to replicate such dishes.

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Thank you both for the ideas! Maybe I'll throw together a fun little dinner that night. I could probably find some traditional music to play and maybe even a few games for the kids. We love teaching them about other cultures!
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I've never celebrated Chinese New Year, but as a kid would sometimes catch the parades going through Chinatown. Perhaps I'll go out for Chinese food that night to have a mini celebration.
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I love the food, that's a good enough reason to celebrate, isn't it?

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