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7 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year (Slideshow)

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When I was growing up in the 1970s in the Bay Area in northern California, celebrating Chinese New Year’s meant going to my grandparents’ house in Oakland’s Chinatown from our house in the suburbs. We not only went to celebrate the actual first day of the New Year. We went to my Ngin-Ngin and Yeh Yeh’s house for dinner to close the new year, too. The kitchen and dining rooms would be heaped with containers of food including jai and other dishes symbolizing prosperity; there would be fish, seafood, chicken, pork, vegetables, cellophane rice noodles (fun see), a bowl of white rice that was constantly refilled. For dessert, there were the (American-style) cakes my mother made — I think my grandfather, Yeh Yeh, favored chocolate with white frosting — and also containers of mango sherbet from Merritt’s bakery.

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7:24PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

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5:21PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Love it (and the dragon)!

1:32AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Great reading. Thanks for the cultural insight.

7:45PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Thanks.

3:41PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

I loved this article! It brought a little of the rich heritage feeling you have to me as I read it. Thank you!

7:35AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Noted

9:12AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

very informative - thanks

6:59PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

thanks.

6:38PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

thanks

4:58PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

thank you. great article and happy new year to you!

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