The Importance Of Chinese New Year Essay

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In today’s modern world many individuals have adapted to the American culture, leaving their traditions and cultural beliefs aside. However, there are many traditions that in spite of the distance they are being celebrated here in the United States. For instance, Chinese New Year—a popular tradition celebrated in San Francisco, California, being the biggest celebration outside of China. From Shanghai to San Francisco this tradition is mainly about the food. Specific food eaten during this time has a meaning and significance for the years ahead. Chinese New Year foods are very symbolic and full of culture. The Chinese New Year is an important celebration in China. One sixth of the world’s population including one billion of Chinese citizens celebrate Chinese New Year. The holiday is celebrated for fifteen days. Chinese New Year is also known as, Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, begins in the second new moon after the winter solstice or according to the Gregorian calendar sometime between January 21st and February 19th. This has been occurring since the 16th century. The Chinese calendar is known since the 14th century B.C. created by the yellow emperor. Description of Holiday Each year is symbolized with one of the 12 Chinese zodiacs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, or pig. Even though China…show more content…
There are a variety of foods to enjoy during New Years, similar to those consumed throughout the year, however with a special emphasis on obtaining luck for the upcoming year. Some of the foods served with a meaning are—pot stickers, dumplings, peanuts, spring rolls, noodles, greens, citrus fruits, pomelo, wholeness, and sweets. The food implies positive meanings to a fresh start for a new
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