At the Table: Year of the Rooster and Chinese New Year Celebration
Happy Chinese New Year 2017 – The Year of the Rooster! I couldn’t resist having a little fun at the table in celebration!
The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, begins with the first new moon of the year. This year is the Year of the Rooster with the New Year arriving January 28th.
The festivities start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the New Year, so there’s still plenty of time to celebrate!
According to tradition, each year of the Chinese calendar is associated with one of the twelve zodiac signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, or pig. You can read more about the attributes and the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, here.
Ralph Lauren Mandarin Blue is at the table in celebration, paired with blue and white ceramic chopsticks found at World Market.
The Chinese New Year is full of dragon dances, fireworks, feasts, gift-giving, and lantern festivals. Red is the Chinese national color and represents happiness, beauty, success and good fortune.
A red rooster provides a centerpiece, joining oranges, plums, red votives, mini orchids, narcissus bulbs, fortune cookies and Good Fortune chocolate coins, parading down the center of the table in celebration.
Orchids are considered to be symbolic of ‘many children’ or fertility and abundance in Chinese culture, and signify refinement, luxury and innocence.
Narcissus or Water Fairy Flowers are a symbol of good fortune and prosperity, and a common flower of the China New Year festival. The growth springing from the brown bulbs, symbolizes the beginning of a new year.
Resembling the sun, oranges are aligned with the yang (positive) principle, being an auspicious symbol of abundance and happiness. Oranges and tangerines are among the good luck foods, said to bring wealth and luck.
Fish is another of the 7 lucky foods to eat during Chinese New Year, to bring an increase in prosperity and wish for a surplus in the new year.
Plums are symbolic of wealth, fortune, gold, prosperity and fertility and because of their roundness, represent infinite good luck.
It’s not a celebration without some sparklers. . .
And some fortune cookie wisdom:
Take that chance you’ve been considering.
Your simple kindness today will be rewarded multiple times.
You will have much to be thankful for in the coming year.
Here are some good luck foods and recipes for celebrating Chinese New Year to enjoy. Click on the links for the complete recipe.
Long Life Noodle Soup for good luck for Chinese New Year, accompanied by a stroll through Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year Table:
Ralph Lauren Mandarin Blue Dinnerware / T.J. Maxx, recently
White Chargers / HomeGoods, several years ago
Rattan Placemats / Target, several years ago
Napkins and Tablecloth / T.J. Maxx
Red Rooster / Hobby Lobby, several years ago, used, here
Flatware / Wallace Gold Accent Corsica
Mini Fish dishes / HomeGoods, several years ago
Blue Goblets / Pfaltzgraff All Purpose Glasses
Good Fortune Chocolate Coins, Blue and White Chopsticks / World Market
鸡年大吉 Jínián dàjí
Lots of luck for this Rooster year!
Side Note: I’m the Year of the Ox and my astrology sign is Taurus. . . no, I’m not the least bit stubborn ;)
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