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Chinese  New  Year
February 1st is possibly the most significant date in Chinese culture - Chinese New Year! Shop owners prepare weeks in advance, flying bright red banners with shiny gold characters offering messages of good fortune and happiness. Long dragons dart through the crowds under a spectacular show of fireworks. The restaurants are crowded, and the tables are covered with displays of dim sum, ducks, and noodles.

Families celebrate this momentous event by gathering together to share in the holiday traditions and food. Lycee, a small red envelope filled with money, is the customary gift exchanged when family members greet one another. For dinner, poultry is served whole, from the beak to the tail, and noodles are served uncut to symbolize long life. The holiday ends with a beautiful Lantern Festival, where the streets are filled with children carrying brightly lit lanterns.

China's rich culture has influenced cuisine across the globe. Infuse your restaurant menu or family dinner with the Chinese flavors of these appealing recipes.


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