During the dinner normally fish will be served. Dumplings are the most important dish in northern china.
Within china regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the new year vary widely and the evening preceding chinese new year s day is frequently regarded as an occasion for chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner.
A dinner is a new year s eve tradition in china. Normally this is the family reunion dinner especially for those with family members away from home. It takes place on chinese new year s eve january 24 in 2020. Jiaozi or dumpling is what turkey means for westerners on the eve of christmas.
A further custom is to eat a new year cake called niangao traditional chinese. Boiling steaming frying are the most common ways to cook dumplings in china. Dumpling is a traditional food to eat in north china on chinese new year s eve while in southern china very few people serve dumplings as lunar new year s eve dinner.
In parts of the china there is a custom of new year s eve called shangfen to send in food. Yet today more and more families are having their new year eve dinner in hotels. If one were to choose only one day of the two week long chinese new year festival to go home to visit family this would be it.
Year cake after dinner and send pieces of it as gifts to relatives and friends in the coming days of the new year as it is believed that niangao indicates an increasingly prosperous year. The time to shangfen is generally in new year s eve afternoon. People make the dinner and send it to the front of the graves death of their loved ones so that the death of loved ones can enjoy the new year s eve with the raw food together.
In shanghai one of china s largest cities it is estimated that at least 100 000 residents had their dinner in hotels in the last couple of days. These two dishes signify prosperity. It s a danish tradition to throw china at your friend s and neighbor s front doors on new year s eve some say it s a means of leaving any aggression and ill will behind before the new year begins and it is said that the bigger your pile of broken dishes the more luck you will have in the upcoming year.
The new year s eve dinner is the most important dinner for the chinese. The belief is that the loud noise of the firecrackers serves to scare nian the lion like monster who legend says rose from the sea for a feast of human flesh on the new year. In china new year s firecrackers are made from strings of rolled red paper containing gunpowder that when set off leave shreds of scarlet paper in their wake.
It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house in order to sweep away. Minced meat pork shrimp chicken beef etc and vegetables are wrapped in the elastic dough skin. Chinese new year dinner the chinese new year dinner also referred to as the reunion dinner is perhaps the most loved aspect of the spring festival.