opinion Kellie Hwang Indianapolis Star Published 10:55 AM EST Feb 5, 2019 When I was little, I always celebrated the new year twice. For a while, I didn't understand why. But I knew only one of the celebrations involved receiving red envelopes filled with money from my mom. So, clearly I had a favorite. As I grew older, I learned more about the significance of Chinese New Year, including why I got red envelopes filled with money, what the Chinese zodiac animals represent, and the symbolism of the food. And at the center of it was spending time with my family. "It's linked with the lunar calendar, which is a different way of counting time and also marking the threshold of seasonal changes," said Yiju Huang, assistant professor of Chinese and comparative literature at Fordham University in New York. "It's very similar to the New Year on January 1 ... but it's also called the Spring Festival, which marks the transition from barren … [Read more...] about Chinese New Year: Why it’s significant, how it’s celebrated
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The Year of the Pig will be ushered in quietly around the region. Oamaru Chinese Association president Peter Lee confirmed yesterday that after two years of public celebrations, the association had opted to stage only a family-oriented gathering for the Oamaru Chinese community over this Chinese New Year period, which begins on Tuesday. "Last year, we had a colossal celebration — we had lion dancing and dragon dancing, lots of food stalls, drums and noise," Mr Lee said. "We hope to plan for a better celebration next year. "But the community always has a get-together every Chinese New Year ... Just to be able to meet one another and be able to know who everyone is for the rest of the year, sort of thing." Last year Chinese New Year fell later, meaning many of the international students who were key to organising the public event were in town. However, many were still out of the country at this time of year, meaning there were fewer people to help organise the event. At … [Read more...] about Chinese New Year event to be smaller
Oliviye is the most popular Russian salad that is traditionally made for the New Year. Source: Lori / Legion Media Known as “Russian Salad” all around the world, Oliviye is a popular winter salad traditionally made in Russia around the New Year. Very little is known about Russia’s culinary delights in the U.S., with most Americans assuming there’s nothing more than vodka and bliny. RBTH tries to bring the diversity of Russian cuisine to American homes. Oliviye is the most popular Russian salad that is traditionally made for the New Year. It is sometimes called “Winter Salad” because the ingredients are easily available during the winter months. Ingredients: Potato (medium size) – 4 pc Green Peas – 150 g Chicken – 300 g Eggs – 4 pc Carrot – 2 pc Pickled Cucumber (gherkins) – 150 g Onion – 1 pc Mayonnaise – 250 g Salt Black Pepper Dill For the vegetarian version, you can remove all non-vegetarian … [Read more...] about New Year dinner à la Russe
Guests are being invited to party in style over the festive season with Alnwick Castle's Christmas and New Year's Year celebrations now in full swing. The Northumberland attraction is going all-out this Christmas with a programme of festive dining, family lunches - which include visits from Santa Claus - and party nights featuring live bands and discos. The medieval castle is decked out with fairylights and decorations to host what it promises will be "dancing, merriment and mirth". Tables have been festooned with baubles and Santa will be in residence on December 22 and 23 with an invitation for visitors to join him for a roast turkey meal. Youngsters will get to meet him afterwards and will receive a gift. This child-friendly lunch includes all the trimmings plus a chocolate yule log and vanilla ice cream dessert. For grown-ups, meanwhile, the castle's weekend party nights in the Guest Hall, which include a three-course meal followed by dancing, will extend into the New Year, with … [Read more...] about Alnwick Castle hosts Christmas and New Year’s Eve party
ALDI has unveiled its opening hours for the Christmas and New Year period. Here’s our guide to store opening times to ensure you aren’t caught short. What are Aldi’s opening hours in the run up to Christmas Day? Right until closing time on December 23, Aldi will be operating with the normal hours of 8am-10pm. The Christmas opening hours are as follow: Christmas Eve 24 Dec - 8am-6pm (The stores will be open 30 min before official opening time for browsing across stores in England and Wales) Christmas Day 25 Dec - CLOSED Boxing Day 26 Dec - CLOSED While these are the hours for the majority of stores across the country, shoppers are advised to check their local store’s opening hours. What are Aldi’s opening hours in the run up to New Year? It’ll be business as usual for a few days between Christmas and New Year – here are the key dates for the majority of UK stores. Thursday 27 Dec - 8am-10pm Friday 28 Dec - 8am-10pm Saturday 29 Dec - … [Read more...] about Aldi Christmas 2018 hours – what time is the supermarket open over the Christmas holiday and New Year?