2/4/13 - Celebrating The Chinese New YearThe Chinese New Year starts early this year. Try Feb.10. For 15 days the celebration heralds The Year of the Snake. It is one of a dozen animal signs from the Zodiac calendar. For those who regard the signs the snake suggests good fortune, wealth and joy. Those who adhere are usually wise, introspective and careful. And those who are born in this year will have love, an abundant number of friends and prosperity. Its colors are red and black while avoiding the colors of white brown. In this time special holiday fare is served. Dishes include Tang Yuan, Song Goa,Eight Treasures Rice and Jin Niang Tang, a sweet wine rice soup
Jie Cai Ceng is a welcoming of the Gods of Wealth and Propserity. Yuan Xiao Jie, the Festival of the Lanterns, is the finale to the 15 day celebration, but not before the Dancing Dragons pageant is played out on the fith day of the new year, usually on the streets of every major city here there's a Chinese population.
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