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Welcome to the year 4713. No, I am not back from the future. I am talking about the Chinese New Year 4713, which starts this year on February 19, 2015. This day is by far the most important celebration in the Chinese culture. Interestingly enough, since the Chinese months follow the lunar calendar, the date of the Chinese New Year changes each year. This celebration is rich in tradition and is celebrated for the first 15 days of the lunar calendar until the moon is full. It is also known as the spring festival celebrating re-birth. This year, the year 4713, is the Year of The Sheep.
I love to teach my family about the diversity of different cultures. This year, we are celebrating The Year Of The Sheep with Tai Pei® Appetizers. In addition to a traditional Chinese meal, I also plan on serving Tai Pei® Vegetable Egg Rolls and Tai Pei® Mini Chicken Spring Rolls. Why Tai Pei® you ask? Tai Pei® Egg Rolls and Tai Pei® Spring Rolls are authentic Asian appetizers. They’re tasty too and full of traditional Asian flavors, fresh vegetables and hearty beef, chicken, and pork. And get this, they are quick to prepare and done in minutes….perfect for a busy family!
Tai Pei® products can be found in the freezer section at Walmart. I found a great selection of different Tai Pei varieties at my local Walmart store. Choosing which box to purchase was hard because I like them all. I decided to stick with the basic Vegetable Egg Rolls and Mini Chicken Spring Rolls, however, because there are a few picky people in my house. (ahem!)
Each box of Tai Pei® Appetizers also comes with a tangy dipping sauce too.
Are you planning a Chinese New Year celebration? Here are some Fun Chinese New Year Traditions and Facts you can incorporate into your new year’s gathering at home.
•Red is the symbolic color of the New Year. Chances are if you have ever seen any Chinese New Year celebrations, everyone wears red. Red symbolizes fire and can drive away bad luck. Incorporate as much red into your dining table as possible.
•Clean you house prior to the New Year to sweep away bad luck. Don’t clean your house again until after the 15th day of the celebration because you will then be sweeping away the “good luck” you are celebrating.
•The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Have your kids each decorate their own paper lanterns. Use brown paper bags (lunch size) as the paper lanterns, cut a few holes in the sides before they decorate them. Paint them red and light them outside on the 15th day of the New year. You can use a battery-operated candle to set in the center and light. If you are feeling really crafty, search the internet for Chinese good luck symbols that your kids can draw or paint on each side of the bag. This is a fun family craft. Traditionally, Chinese lantern are hung but these can just be placed on the ground. The would look nice lining your porch or entranceway.
•Red Envelopes filled with money are traditionally given to children during the New Year celebration to bring good luck. Buying gold to welcome in the New Year is also popular in China. I found these really neat gold Chinese coins to place around my dinner table for good luck.
•Here is a fun Red Envelope gift idea you can try at home. Instead of filling the Red Envelopes with money, fill them with fun rewards like, a night at the movies, a trip to the ice cream parlor, a pass to get out of a chore. Let them each choose a few. Of course, you can fill a few envelopes with dollar bills as well if you wish but these coupons are also fun incentives. Click here for some Red Envelope Coupons you can print use for your own Chinese New Year Celebration.
•This is the year of the sheep. There are 12 animals represented in the Chinese zodiac. Each New Year, a different animal is celebrated. The zodiac animals are either closely related to ancient Chinese people’s daily lives, or have symbolic lucky meanings. So, if you were born in the years 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, or 1967, your Chinese zodiac symbol is a sheep. The trait characteristics associated with the sheep are: mild-mannered, shy, kind, and peace-loving. Does that fit your personality?
•Fireworks are set off on New Year’s Eve (just like we do on December 31) to say goodbye to the previous year.
Hopefully you can incorporate some of my easy ideas above into you Chinese New Year Celebration. You can also follow Tai Pei® on the following Social Media Channels.
***Be sure to check out Chinese New Year app on the Tai Pei® Facebook page. The Red Envelope tab will include a coupon and will run until coupons run out.
Be sure to check your local papers and other publications on February 8, 2015 for a Tai Pei® coupon.