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Monday, October 20, 2014
Chinese New Year feasting
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Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is celebration of renewal and coming prosperity. Create your own good fortune with personalized fortune cookies.
People who are born under this sign, are a complex mix of personsonality traits, acording to the Chinese Zodiac. They can be loners and may use others to achieve their aims and goals. Their goals may be worthwhile for mankind or could be solely for the gain of the Snake person.

Spectacle and symbolism
Chinese New Year is all about spectacle, from those ubiquitous fireworks and dancing dragons to an assortment of delectable food. That’s why it’s a holiday anyone can enjoy – and a great time to host a party.
From the décor and color scheme to the food, Chinese New Year is rich in beautiful symbols. If you’ve got a round table, this is the time to use it, because it is a sign of wholeness. Decorate it with red and gold accents to represent good luck and
prosperity.
During Chinese New Year, the color red is everywhere. People wear red, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “hong bao” (or “lucky money”) in red envelopes. That’s because the color red symbolizes happiness, abundance and good fortune. It also symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck.
There are all sorts of symbolic foods, each associated with specific blessings or good luck. Noodles – in dishes such as Wonton Soup and Snake Alley Noodles – stand for longevity. Pork symbolizes wealth; whole chicken stands for completeness and prosperity
Supplement the meal with other symbolic foods, such as pot stickers or spring rolls (said to bring prosperity because they resemble gold ingots); a bowl of tangerines or oranges (their Chinese names sound like the words for “luck” and “wealth”); fortune cookies to go with dessert – you can even insert your own customized fortunes for the year ahead. For the ultimate in a customized fortune make homemade fortune cookies and write creative fortunes to delight and amuse your guests. And at exactly the stroke of midnight, open the doors and windows to release the stresses of the old year.

Lucky Day Stir-Fry
1/3 cup stir-fry sauce
1 large clove garlic, pressed
1/2 pound fresh asparagus
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 pound fresh snow peas, trimmed
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