Although the Chinese adopted the Western Gregorian calendar over 100 years ago, the long-standing tradition of honoring their ancient calendar continues with a grand celebration each year during the Spring Festival.
The traditional Chinese New Year included cleaning (to impress the gods who were expected to come down and conduct inspections), lots of food, lucky messages scrawled on paper, and fireworks to scare away evil spirits. Most of the rituals were intended to earn the favor of the gods to bring good luck to the families.
Although I’m not Chinese, any holiday that gives me an excuse to encourage my family to get the house clean and gives me a reason to eat a bunch of food that I enjoy is one I’m happy to celebrate.
Chinese New Year Recipes
Here are some of my favorite recipes from other bloggers to help you plan your own Chinese New Year feast and celebrate the arrival of the year of the horse.
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do! Many thanks to all of the bloggers mentioned above for sharing their recipes.