Happy Chinese New Year! The Lunar New Year starts today (January 20th) and it is the Year of the Dragon, an auspicious and mythical creature in Chinese culture. It ushers in power, strength and good luck. This is the year of the Water Dragon; the water element, which only occurs every sixty years, makes this year even luckier. This is a year of uncertainty and transition but also a good year for starting a business or initiating a new project. Money, whether earned, given or borrowed, is easier to come by, which is good news for everyone and the economy!
Although I don't have a drop of Chinese blood in me, I am celebrating the New Year because- why not? We can never have enough reasons to celebrate, and besides, I like Chinese food. I have set the table with a red tablecloth (considered good luck), chopsticks and napkins folded to look like fortune cookies. We will feast on edamame with soy sauce, grilled hoisin chicken legs (Curtis Stone's recipe), white rice, cucumber salad with rice wine vinegar and fruit for dessert.
This is the most important holiday in Chinese culture and lasts till February 6 . Each day holds a different meaning. It is tradition to cleanse your house of all ill fortune and to try and reconcile with others- removing negativity from your life. This seems like a good plan for anyone and so, once again- Happy Chinese New Year! Light some fireworks, do a dance, drink some sake and celebrate!