January 28 marks the first day of the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year. It’s the Year of the Rooster, the tenth sign in the Chinese zodiac (of twelve). If you were born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 or 2005, this could be your year of good luck! People born under this sign are thought to be sociable, loyal, trustworthy, analytical, ambitious and accomplished.
Like new year observances in many cultures, this is a day of renewal and celebration — and rest. Tradition dictates that no cleaning, cutting, or chopping be done on this day, so it’s a day off for home cooks. The days leading up to the New Year, however, are busy with house cleaning (sweeping away the bad luck!) and preparing the foods that are associated with good luck and fortune in Chinese culture. These include dumplings (jiao zi), whose shapes resemble the gold ingots used as currency during the Ming Dynasty.
To read more, visit the Food for Health Blog, where I’ve included a recipe for my lightened up version of dumplings– turkey and kale.
I wish you good health, prosperity and luck in the new year!
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