Today is the first day of the Chinese, or Lunar, New Year. In China, it is called the Spring Festival, as it marks the end of the winter season. This holiday lasts for fifteen days. It is the year of the Dragon this year.
Since this is the first day of the Chinese New Year, I am planning a Chinese dinner tonight. We are not having a fifteen day holiday (although that would be fun), but I will hang my Chinese lanterns up for the holiday.
For dinner I am planning to make dumplings, wonton soup, lettuce wraps, chicken and broccoli, and rice (of course). For dessert I am going to make a steamed cake (you can see the recipe here). We are also going to make green tea and serve it with Meiling’s tea set that I bought for her when we were in China. Meiling is going to be my little helper today.
Happy Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year decorations for the year of the pig (Mom took this picture when we were in China. We were there right before the Chinese New Year.)