There are many different foods that are typically eaten on this occasion, and they are often symbolic of increasing your chances of long life or wealth. One favorite is dumplings (like the ones pictured below), eating them on New Year's is supposed to bring increased wealth.
|Dumplings (shui jiao 水餃) - Joshua Wallace, photographer and copyright holder, 2015.|
|A Red Envelope (hong bao 紅包) - Joshua Wallace, photographer and copyright holder, 2017.|
Roughly translated the words on the envelope mean "wish you prosperity, money is coming your way" (gong xi fa cai, gun gun er lai).
Some Chinese phrases for New Year's:
- Xin nian kuai le (新年快樂) - "Happy New Year"
- Gong xi fa cai (恭禧發財) - A common expression heard during Chinese New Year, roughly translates to "Wishing you increased prosperity." A comical reply to this phrase is hong bao na lai (紅包拿來) which means "hand over the red envelope."
The library has several books about Chinese New Year in the Curriculum Collection, which is located on the lower level at our Stephenville location:
- Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
- Celebrating Chinese New Year by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
- The Dragon Year: A Chinese Legend by Dave Bouchard
- Happy New Year!: Kung-hsi fa ts'ai! by Demi
- Long-Long's New Year: A Story About the Chinese Spring Festival by Catherine Gower
- Moonbeams, Dumplings, & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities, and Recipes by Nina Simonds
- The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
Click here to watch a documentary about how modern Beijing families celebrate New Year's. (That link takes you to the Films on Demand database subscribed to by the Dick Smith Library. If you're off-campus you'll need to enter your NTNET username and password to access it.)
International Programs will be hosting a Chinese New Year celebration on Friday January 27th from 6PM - 8PM at the Thompson Student Center. There will be food and activities. Click here for more details.