Thursday, 19 February 2015

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2015

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! It's the year of the sheep, which is my zodiac sign, so this new year is especially fun. Celebrations have already started throughout Asia and will go on throughout the weekend. Chinese New Year is an amazing occasion in Taiwan and I wish I was able to be with my family there to celebrate!

In honor of the occasion, today I'm sharing some of my favorite Chinese New Year traditions. It's basically an excuse to eat a lot of delicious food, spend time with family, get time off work, and watch amazing fireworks shows! What's not to like, right?

1- Food
Making and eating dumplings with friends and family is one of the best things about CNY. Growing up, my mom would make her famous dumplings from scratch, starting from the dough. It was a process that the family did together, talking about the past year and hopes for the new year. Dumplings usually are filled with chicken, veggies, seasoning, and soy sauce. Noms!
It's commonly said that the more dumplings you eat, the richer you'll be in the new year!

2- Fireworks Shows
I haven't yet seen a fireworks show in Taiwan, but my cousins have told me that there isn't anything like it. Cities go all out for the fireworks shows- imagine London NYE fireworks x 100. Fireworks can come in different shapes and images, Japan does Hello Kitty fireworks! I'm hoping to make it back to Taiwan for CNY 2016 to see the celebrations in person!

3- The Red Envelopes " Hong Bao"
Growing up, I loved CNY because that meant I got a red envelope with money inside! Best holiday ever for a kid. It's traditional to give red envelopes to family in celebration and as a way to wish them good luck for the new year. The color red symbolizes wishes for good luck, while the money inside represents a hope for good fortune to the next generation. 

I'm a bit sad to miss celebrating this great holiday with my family this year, but luckily London will be holding celebrations this weekend! Happy Year of the Sheep!

Xoxo,
Karen
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  1. Happy Chinese new year to you! Those dumplings look so yummy! I hope you get to celebrate this weekend!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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    1. Hi Shannon! Thanks for stopping by, dumplings are my absolute favorite and I can't wait to eat a bunch this weekend!!

      xoxo
      Karen

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  2. Hope you have a wonderful Chinese New Year!! I've heard that if your sign coincides with the same animal that is the animal of the year then it's going to be a good year for you! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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    1. Aw, thanks Biana! I'm going to a celebration in the city center so hopefully that's fun! Hopefully i have lots of good luck since it's the sheep year!

      xoxo
      Karen

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  4. This all sounds so neat. Thanks for sharing. I love the tradition of the dumplings and how family oriented it sounds.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    1. Thanks Amy Ann! Happy Friday :)

      xoxo
      Karen

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  5. The red envelopes sound like it would've been my favorite thing as a kid too. Haha. Happy Chinese New Year!

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    1. Hi Carmen! haha yes definitely, I loved receiving the red envelopes, but now I'm a "grown up" , I have to start giving them :(

      xoxo
      Karen

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