A lot of the food during Chinese New Year carries lots of meaning, and it's true for sweet dumplings too. Its name is tang yuan, which in Chinese sounds similar to 'gathering together' (tuan yuan). The desserts are usually filled with sweet sesame or peanut paste. Yup, we love family time and we love our food puns.
4.We get to hang out with our families. A lot.
5.Brand spankin' new underwear for all.
7.We have our own mythical monster.
8.We stock up on New Year snacks.
9.Bedtime? What bedtime?
10.If we're unmarried, we're raking in the dough.
11.We eat dumplings because they look like money.
This is thought to bring prosperity as dumplings look like the traditional ingot, the old Chinese currency. See the resemblance? Oh yeah, also, they are delicious.
12.LION AND DRAGON DANCES!
13.We show our dawgs love.
14.Everyone has a zodiac animal! (Even you.)
15.And finally, we end the night by lighting the sky with lanterns.
Finally, in Taiwan, the first full moon of the year (usually the 14th or 15th day) is marked by the Lantern Festival. We write our dreams on the side of a paper lantern, and light it up. As the heat fills the lanterns, it balloons up into the sky. The night sky dotted with light and wishes is one of the most breathtaking things you'll ever see.
So, Gong Xi Fa Cai (Happy New Year), everybody!
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