Chinese New Year Celebrations


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A reunion dinner is held on Chinese New Year's Eve during which family members gather for a celebration. The venue will usually be in or near the home of the most senior member of the family. The New Year's Eve dinner is very large and sumptuous. Traditionally, it includes dishes of meat like ( pork and chicken) and fish. Most reunion dinners also feature a communal hot pot as it is believed to signify the coming together of the family members for the meal. Most reunion dinners (particularly in the Southern regions) also prominently feature specialty meats .

Other traditional foods consists of noodles, fruits, dumplings, spring rolls, and Tangyuan which are also known as sweet rice balls. Each dish served during Chinese New Year represents something special. The noodles used to make longevity noodles are usually very thin, long wheat noodles. These noodles are longer than normal noodles that are usually fried and served on a plate, or boiled and served in a bowl with its broth. Expectedly, the noodles symbolize the wish for a long life.

Red packets for the immediate family are sometimes distributed during the reunion dinner. These packets contain money in an amount that reflects good luck and honorability.
Source: Wikipedia
  1. Reunions are occasions for people to   after a time of separation.

  2. The most senior member of the family is usually the   .

  3. A traditional Chinese New year dinner is usually   .

  4. The Chinese hope for   .

  5. The belief of a   is what inspires the Chinese to eat noodles.

  6. For the Chinese, giving money as gifts symbolizes  


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  1. Is Chinese New Year celebrated in your country? If yes, how do people celebrate it?

  2. What does New Year mean to you?

  3. What traditional foods are served on the New Year's Eve you celebrate?


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