February 1, 2009 · 11:15 AM
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Come help ring in the Chinese New Year as we get together for Dim Sum and Then Some. We will be meeting at 11:15 am at an infamous Dim Sum restaurant - Oriental Pearl. In my opinion this place has the best Dim Sum in Atlanta and I've sampled many! We went here last year for the Chinese New Year's festivities and it was lots of fun. We will have a special section reserved for us that will allow everyone to mix and mingle. (I'm trying to work out a deal on drinks). Also, the restaurant is hiring a special Chinese Lion Dance parade to celebrate at the restaurant.
Check out the link below for pics from last year.
After lunch and the show at the restaurant we can head out to other festivities in the area.
Because this is Dim Sum we will be ordering Friends & Family style and will be splitting the bill evenly among us with drinks separate. With tax and tip the total bill will be less than $20.
Hope you can come join us and help celebrate the Chinese New Year!
p.s. Read below to find out why I want to eat lots of seaweed, fish, whole chicken & very long beans, but definitely no Tofu!
Background on Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.
The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days, with an extra month inserted every few years to "catch up" with the solar calendar. This is why the CNY falls on a different date each year.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors.
Traditional New Year Foods
Probably more food is consumed during the New Year celebrations than any other time of the year. On New Year's Day, the Chinese family will eat a vegetarian dish called jai. Although the various ingredients in jai are root vegetables or fibrous vegetables, many people attribute various superstitious aspects to them:
* Lotus seed - signify having many male offspring
* Black moss seaweed - homonym for exceeding in wealth
* Dried bean curd - homonym for fulfillment of wealth and happiness
* Bamboo shoots - a phrase translated means "wishing that everything would be well"
* No Tofu!- is unlucky as it's white and signifies death and misfortune.
Other foods include a whole fish, to represent togetherness and abundance, and a chicken for prosperity. The chicken must be presented with a head, tail and feet to symbolize completeness. Noodles should be uncut, as they represent long life.
Here's are some links with more information about the Chinese New Year!