春节大餐 (chūnjié dà cān / Spring Festival feast)

Spring Festival is known as 春节 in Chinese which l is the most important holiday in China. Two features distinguish it from the other festivals. One is seeing off the old year and greeting the new. The other is family reunion. The actual date is not a fix date, instead it is changed according to the Chinese lunar calendar every year. It begins with the New Moon and ends on the Full Moon, which is from the first day to the 15th day of the first month in a new year.

After putting up couplets and pictures in the doors on the Lunar New Year’s Eve, the last day of the twelfth moon in the Chinese lunar calendar, each family gathers for a sumptuous meal called ‘family reunion dinner’. People will enjoy the food and drink in abundance and Jiaozi.

The meal is more luxurious than usual. Dishes such as chicken, fish and bean curd are necessary, for in Chinese, their pronunciations sounds like ‘Ji’, ‘Yu’, and ‘Doufu’, with the meanings of auspicious, abundant and rich. Sons and daughters working away from home come back to join their parents.

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