TRADITIONAL FOODS TO EAT FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR
Lunar New Year marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars, which are regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. The holiday lands on a different day each year and this year the celebration begins February 12, launching the year of the ox. Despite being associated with Chinese New Year and being more popular among Asian countries, Lunar New Year is celebrated all over the world. While some may get together the night before to kick start the holiday a little early, others continue the celebration for 2 weeks! The main focus of the holiday is togetherness, especially with family gathering around the table to share a meal. Although there may be a few less chairs around the table this year, the spirit of the holiday lives on!
Many of the traditional dishes served during the Lunar New Year hold symbolism of luck and prosperity acquired during the previous year. Although this past year may not be defined by financial wealth and good fortune, persevering through 2020 has made us more thankful for loved ones and feeling optimistic for the future. That’s why this year it may feel even more necessary to gather with a few family members or friends, be grateful for what we have and joyfully ring in the new year (and of course eat a little food).
To help with the food component, below is a list of traditional foods enjoyed during the holiday. If cooking these dishes seem daunting, use the list as suggestions for take-out and support your local restaurants!