LUNAR NEW YEAR IS CHINA’S MOST IMPORTANT FESTIVAL – THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION WHERE FAMILY AND FRIENDS GATHER TOGETHER TO COOK OUR MOST MEMORABLE FEASTS! LOVE, FUN AND FOOD – WHAT A WAY TO CELEBRATE!
Fast Facts: Why Lunar New Year? Well, it’s the time of the year that marks the first NEW moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the traditional calendar of China. And because it’s based on cycles of the moon, the date changes from year to year. This festival is so important to us that it lasts for around 15 days! The first cycle of the first new moon. Although not every day is a holiday ;)
Some of the most important dates for 2021 Lunar New Year are:
February 11th – Chinese New Year’s Eve
February 12th – Chinese New Year Day (Spring Festival)
February 26th – The Lantern Festival
HOW TO CELEBRATE?
• Decorate with lucky red items. Red is believed to be the luckiest colour and everywhere you look you’ll see red lanterns, paper cuttings and couplets with traditional calligraphy. Look out this year for the Ox!
• New Year’s Eve is for family, so wherever you find yourself, you must get back to family. There is sharing of food and love and stories.
• Don’t forget the fireworks!
• And of course, the much-loved lucky red envelopes – these contain varying amounts of money (depending on who they’re going to) and are given freely and with great wishes for prosperity.
WHAT TO EAT?
Everything! Take inspiration from our authentic sauces! Spending time cooking your most loved meals with family is part of the ritual and the joy. We often celebrate with meat and noodles and dumplings.
Visit this link to discover our delicious Braised Spare Ribs with Chestnuts and Pumpkin using Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster sauce.
Click through for the recipe for this delicious and simple noodle dish! Fresh and tasty – everyone will love it!
Dumplings for days! These are so tempting; you will have to make double! Visit this link to find out how!
So, this year, right up until February 26th, enjoy all of the celebrations and good wishes for Chinese New Year 2021, the year of the OX.