This post on Celebrating Chinese New Year was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
My family enjoys eating a good meal of Chinese food. When we were living in Alaska year round, we were spoiled with my husband’s wife and her mother cooking up phenomenal food. The boys still talk about the year we celebrated Chines New Year with them. One dish was so spicy that the peppers permeated the air necessitating the opening of a door when the outside temperature was below freezing.
Thankfully, there are options out there to help with some of our family favorites such as potstickers and spring rolls from Ling Ling.
Celebrating Chinese New Year with Your Family
There are several traditions for Chinese New Year which are easy to implement in your own home.
The date varies from January 21 to February 20 as marks the start of the Lunar New Year. This is within a day of the second new moon before the spring equinox moon phase.
Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 5 in 2019, and on Saturday, January 25 in 2020.
2019 is the Year of the Pig. In addition to other traditional decorations, you will find pigs scattered throughout Chinese homes.
Sweep the house
Many cultures have a time when you do some ‘spring cleaning.’ For the Chinese, sweeping the house is tied with ushering out any bad luck. Just make sure you do not sweep on the New Year’s Day as that could sweep out the good luck.
Give Red Envelopes
A red envelope filled with money is traditionally given to children. This is a tradition my boys experienced at that celebration a few years back. While you can purchase ones with the year on them, a plain envelope works as well.
Deck the Halls & Your Body with Red
Red is a lucky color and found in decorations during this time. This includes red lanterns, red couplets and red New Year pictures depicting images of prosperity. People wear the color red and avoid white which is associated with death.
Enjoy Traditional Foods
Dumplings, noodles, fish, and fruit like oranges are all traditional foods associated with luck and good fortune.
Dumplings are associated with wealth.
Noodles consumed whole (no biting or cutting them!) are associated with happiness and longevity.
Fish is associated with an increase in prosperity.
Oranges and other similar fruits are associated with fullness and wealth.
Spring Rolls are another food associated with wealth.
Chinese New Year Meal Made Easier with Ling Ling
My cooking skills when it comes to Chinese cuisine are still pretty limited. So, finding ways to make things more easily is key for me.
Ling Ling Potstickers and Ling Ling Spring Rolls are two items I will purchase and prepare at home. And, both of them are on the list of lucky foods perfect for serving at Chinese New Year.
The instructions are simple and my boys enjoy the bursts of flavor from freshly sourced vegetables and savory proteins. They are consistent in quality so we are never surprised when picking up a package from the freezer section of the local store. Plus, they come with their own sauces made to pair with the items.
One of the simple dishes we make for a great Chinese dinner is a stir fry with chicken and vegetables. The veggies are a medley from the freezer section with either a combination of seasonings or a ready-made mix.
A staple dish found in Chinese restaurants here in the United States is fried rice.
We have been playing around with different combinations in search of the best fried rice we can make at home. The basics of some peas, cabbage, and egg are consistent. However, the blend of items providing the underlying flavor is still in flux. I’ll share the recipe once I finish tweaking it some more.
Does your family enjoy eating authentic Asian foods?
Have you ever celebrated or learned more about Chinese New Year?