Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) is a much awaited, 16-day long celebratory occurrence that takes place at the start of the year and is celebrated all over the world by 56 ethnic groups. The first day of Lunar New Year is determined by when the new moon appears between the 21st of January and 20th of February.
Lunar New Year is a joyful event rich in traditions, from paper decorations to red money pockets, to our favourite topic – food! Food is at the centre of this festival’s celebrations and something everyone looks forward to. Meals are prepared meticulously to honour the tradition and to carry symbolic significance such as happiness, luck and prosperity, though meaning can vary across cultures.
Not only that, the culminating moment of this festival is the New Year’s Eve dinner, when the whole family gathers to celebrate. People travel from near and far to spend the day or week together with their loved ones and it is often the only occasion they may get to spend some time in each other’s company during the year. The feast is a labour of love, with everyone lending a hand where needed. It is truly a special time to celebrate family and togetherness.
Whilst special foods are enjoyed all throughout the festive season, these 8 foods are considered lucky and are commonly consumed as part of the New Year feast:
Whether you want to create a more traditional meal, reconnect with your heritage or simply get into the festivities of bringing loved ones together, we have some recipes to inspire your Lunar New Year celebrations.