By the way, New Year (Happy New Year 2019) has been celebrated at around 12 o'clock on 31 December. But in China, Happy New Year 2019 is also known as Spring Festival. Because this Chinese New Year 2019 falls between December and March. The date of celebrating the Chinese New Year (2019) is decided through the Chinese calendar.According to which the longitude of the sun and the phases of the moon are based on astronomical events. Not only this, it is also believed that at some stage around 2600 to 3000 BCE, the 'Chinese calendar' was introduced by Emperor Huang. Today, we are telling you the specialty and interesting things related to the Chinese New Year 2019 which started with the first day of the year.
Traditional or symbolic sweets to celebrate the new year
A New Year celebration would not be complete without sweet treats. Here are some Chinese desserts that are traditionally served during the New Year season, as well as fun recipes that include symbolic Chinese foods. Perfect for guests with a sweet tooth, sticky cake is a classic sugar dessert. And for the guests who want something lighter, they serve oranges which symbolize wealth in Chinese culture.
Sticky Cake (Sing Nian)
It is the most famous cake in China, traditionally fed to the Chinese kitchen god, so he will report favorably on family behavior when he returns to heaven before the start of the New Year season. In Chinese culture, cakes are a symbol of unity and prosperous life. The main ingredient in Nian Gao is glutinous rice flour, which is available in Asian grocery stores.
The cake is filled with dried fruits and boiled. If you are not comfortable with the idea of steaming the cake, you can try Bake Nan Gao. The cake is filled with red azuki beans, used in many Chinese festival dishes. And for a little extra help, there are step-by-step instructions with photos.
Without cookies! No Chinese New Year celebration would be complete .These almond cookies have a mild, delicate flavor that is not very potent. An almond is placed in each ball of cookie dough which is pronounced with a little almond extract.
Sesame Seed Balls (Jane Doy)
These are delicious balls of glutinous rice flour stuffed with red bean paste, laced with sesame seeds, and fried. While sesame seed balls are available year-round in Asian bakeries, they are particularly popular during the Chinese New Year season.
Five spices peanuts
Peanuts are a symbol of longevity in Chinese culture. In this easy recipe, peanuts are coated in a syrup mixture with brown sugar, corn syrup, and five spicy powders with a sweet and savory dessert treat.
Sweet Red Bean Soup
In any Chinese New Year celebration, you will see red everywhere, because the color red is a powerful symbol of joy and happiness in Chinese culture. Made with red Adzuki (Azuki) beans, this popular dessert soup is perfect for Chinese New Year. Lotus seeds and dried tangerine peel give the soup an interesting variety of texture and taste.
Although they are truly an American creation, fortune cookies are a fun way to end a festive meal. Homemade fortune cookies taste a lot better than store bought, and you can write your own luck to keep cookies inside.
Kumquat is a small lemon fruit shaped like a rectangular orange and symbolizes prosperity for the coming year. This is a popular treat during the Chinese New Year season, and this recipe for preserved kumquats is a delicious way to bring the fruit to the holiday table.
Eight Treasure Rice Pudding
The number eight is a magic number in Chinese culture, representing wealth and prosperity. This dessert traditionally features eight different fruits garnished atop a rice pudding mold that has a center of red bean paste. It would be interesting if you use Chinese fruits found in the Asian market, but you can also use other dried fruits.