Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, this is one of the most important Chinese holidays and certainly the longest. It is defined as the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and is a holiday that honors household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors.
This year, we enter the year of the rat, twelve years after it’s last rolled around. During this celebration, people get together with family and share blessings and abundance with loved ones. They forget about work and school and instead watch the sky light up, exchange large sums of money and indulge in a ton of food. Our wish for you this Chinese New Year is for it to be with all the novelty listed above, but in addition to that, be one that encompasses mindfulness. So ahead of the upcoming celebrations, we’d like to share with you a few resources that will help you navigate through this wonderful holiday - family, food but also a sense of being grounded, and a mindset that is mindful.
We’ve compiled for you many useful resources - gold bags from the past, if you will. So let’s start with the basics.
Let’s start with the basics. Here are 10 Chinese New Year do’s & don’ts you’ll want to note:
Next, let’s talk food. First things first - educate yourself. here’s your cheat sheet to the staple Chinese New Year snacks you love with their corresponding nutritional value. Eat, but eat mindfully! And some calorie culprits you’d want to note, including holiday must-haves.
Now, for the favorite recipes with healthy twists. For snacks we’ve included Chinese Almond Cookies and vegan snacks. For mains here is a recipe Braised Mushroom and Sea Cucumber With Broccoli. Dipping sauce is important, so here’s a way to make yours healthy.
Wishing you a healthy happy prosperous Chinese New Year!