February 10, 2013 marks the beginning of a new year – the Year of the Snake. According to the website HanBan.com this will be a year for “steady progress and attention to detail” and that people born under this sign are “thoughtful and wise.” Further that “Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.” http://www.hanban.com/chinese-culture/chinese-zodiac/the-2013-year-snake.html
No matter the designation of the year – 2012 was the year of the Dragon – some elements of the new years celebration are unchanged from year to year. Most interesting to me are the foods associated with the holiday. Foods to bring good luck, good health, prosperity.
Noodles represent long life, spring rolls good fortune as their appearance suggests gold bars, and fish, with head and tail still attached, symbolize a good beginning and end for the year ahead.
Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines have adopted another Chinese New Year food tradition: the A salad with 27 ingredients that are mixed by those celebrating together – tossing the food into the air to bring good luck. At this moment its good to play with your food! http://www.afar.com/highlights/chinese-new-year-yu-sheng-prosperity-salad.
No matter where we are, what holiday we are celebrating, sharing food is a special part of the event. Having the food that is considered to bring luck whether it’s a flying salad, mandarin oranges, dumplings or rice cakes is lovely way to make a statement to all those sharing a meal: We wish you a healthy, prosperous new year.