To celebrate the Lunar New Year this year, I threw an Asian food potluck, which turned out to be a deliciously fun idea.
Each Asian country celebrates Lunar New Year with its own traditions. Growing up celebrating Chinese New Year, I enjoyed lion dances, red envelopes, and lots of good food. My idea for this gathering came from the desire to celebrate the holiday, share it with friends, eat all the food, and spread good luck to all who attended.Friends came bearing a variety of foods, and our feast included congee, mooncakes, dumplings, spicy fried fish, fried rice, egg drop soup, red bean sesame balls, among many other things.
The famous Bob the Dog kept us entertained for much of the party.
Though not part of the party, lion dances are a usual sight at Asian businesses during the celebrations. The traditional dance routine into the business and the act of feeding the lion by the store owner promises good luck in the coming year.
Theme: Lunar New Year Potluck
Date: January 2014
Food: sweet and savory Asian dishes
Special decor/features: red envelopes, wall banner
Have you ever celebrated Lunar New Year? What’s your favorite tradition?