Chinese New Year is a very exciting time of year where the prosperity and good fortune from the current year and new year are celebrated.. In the Chinese culture, good fortune is associated with having a long life and good health. During Chinese New Year, the symbolism of good health can be found everywhere from decorations to food. Here are healthy ways to celebrate the new year:
Eat lots of long leafy green vegetables
Every Chinese New Year celebration meal will have a dish of long leafy greens. The long leaves symbolize long life. The color green symbolizes everlasting freshness.
Give and eat oranges
Oranges (橘, ju) is similar to the Chinese word for lucky (or gold/wealth) (聚, ju). Oranges contain vitamin C and micronutrients that helps the cells in the body communicate with each other. Eat them the days and weeks leading up to Chinese New Year and afterwards to keep good luck going as long as possible.
Eat whole fish and chicken
Wholeness is an important concept in Chinese culture. When something is whole, it is seen as in harmony and balanced. This is the reason why ending the year with the reunion dinner is just as important as beginning the year with a new year meal. Eating a whole fish and chicken from head to tail is also very healthy because the liver, heart, and bones for broth are nutrient dense.
Schedule time with family and close friends
Spending time and connecting with loved ones is as important to good health as diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management. Chinese New Year is a time of celebration, joy, happiness, and togetherness. Organize gatherings and meals to celebrate all of the accomplishments from the year and good fortune for the new year with family and close friends.
Give yourself enough time to prepare and plan
There is much to do to prepare yourself, your home, and family for the most important Chinese celebration of the year. The preparations of grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, take effort and time and can be overwhelming. Spend at least 2 weeks to plan and avoid being overly stressed, instead prepare a little each day to have enough time to get everything done and really enjoy this happy time.
Wishing you and your families a happy and healthy new year!
Welcome to our fourth annual Chinese New Year blog hop! Lunar New Year, more commonly known as Chinese New Year, starts on February 16. It is the beginning of the Year of the Dog, and we have lots of great ideas for celebrating it with kids! Don’t miss our series from last year, 2016 and 2015, and you can find even more on our Chinese New Year Pinterest board:
Creative World of Varya on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Earth Dog Year Fun Facts
Bicultural Mama: Chinese Soup Dumplings (Xiǎo Lóng Bāo): What They Are and How to Eat
Crafty Moms Share: The Year of the Dog
Miss Panda Chinese
Creative World of Varya
the gingerbread house: Simple Chinese New Year Lantern Craft for Kids to Make