This Sunday, the 18th, is the start of the Chinese New Year. Each year is associated with an animal. This is the year of the golden pig, which represents fertility and virility. My doctor was telling me that many women try to have a baby during the year of the pig (or boar in some circles) because it’s considered very fortunate, and children born this year will be happy and honest.
The celebration begins on the 18th, and lasts for 15 days. Each day involves a different tradition. On New Year’s Eve families gather for a Reunion Dinner filled with a variety of chicken and fish dishes. Instead of ordering Generalt Tso, cook a Chinese feast with recipes from celebrated chef Eileen Yin-Fei Lo’s new cookbook, My Grandmother's Chinese Kitchen: 100 Family Recipes and Life Lessons.
New Year Notes
Red is the traditional color of good luck in China and is incorporated into many of the decorations and traditions. This set of red note cards with a gold border from Crane’s is great for writing a Happy New Year's note, or for social correspondence all year round. They're currently on sale for $8.99.
Golden Piggy Banks
Red packets filled with an even number of money is often given to young people during the 2-week celebration. Make sure the kids have a place to store their newfound money. These Golden Piggy Banks at Pearl River are adorable.