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Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of the biggest holidays in China. Each new year follows the lunar calendar and typically falls between late January and mid-February. This year, we celebrate Chinese New Year on January 25th, which marks the new moon. 2020 is also when we welcome the year of the rat, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Being Chinese-American, I’ve always celebrated both new year holidays, American and Chinese. While American New Year is typically filled with the anticipation of New Year’s Eve celebrations, Chinese New Year is wrapped in several traditions and a lot of symbolism. In Asian countries that observe Chinese New Year, it is the longest public holiday with a week off for annual family reunions. That means a lot of food and relatives!
Before welcoming family celebrations and gatherings, there are several traditions that we follow.
No matter how you celebrate Chinese New Year, it is a special time for family, community, and togetherness. I’m happy to share a photo from my recent wedding celebration at a temple in Taiwan. This will be the first of many new years we celebrate as a married couple.
Wishing you health and happiness in the New Year!
Sherene ChouSherene is a culinary-trained Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for NutriBullet focused on making delicious plant-based eats sustainable and accessible for all. She believes that food cultures and traditions should be celebrated and incorporated as part of living a happy and healthy life. When she’s not learning about a new ingredient or food at her local farmers market, you can find Sherene teaching food justice and culinary nutrition to health professionals nationwide.