Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, marks a significant cultural celebration that takes place on the first day of the lunar calendar’s first moon. This year, it falls on February 10th and lasts for 15 days until the full moon. East Asian communities, primarily in China, Korea, and Vietnam, participate in this celebration, each with distinct foods and traditions symbolising prosperity, abundance, and togetherness.
Preparations for the day can include cleaning the house to dispel old spirits which may have collected over the year. Some households post red banners with messages of good health and fortune inside their homes. Children often receive envelopes of money gifted from their elders. It’s a time for vibrant celebrations spent with family & friends, and of course, cooking & enjoying tonnes of delicious food together!
Lunar New Year Dishes
Traditional New Year dishes are rich in symbolism. In China, for instance, serving two whole fish, with one saved for leftovers, represents surplus in the coming year. Serving a whole chicken symbolises wholeness and prosperity, while appetisers such as spring rolls resemble gold bars and signifies wealth.