How to celebrate Chinese New Year at home

Gastronomy

27/01/2022

How to celebrate Chinese New Year at home

Very soon the Chinese New Year will be celebrated and who better than Sergi Castro, Jean Leon sommelier, to explain how we can celebrate it at home:

“This year I have decided to celebrate the Chinese New Year at home.

It seems that there is no holiday in the calendar between the Christmas and Easter holidays. And unless you celebrate your birthday, your saint or that of one of your close friends, you will have to find reasons to celebrate something, right?

The new year begins on February 1 according to the lunar calendar and in China it is the new year, one of the most important holidays celebrated in that country.

Of course, I'm not going to party at work and I won't be able to follow all the week-long traditions, but I'm going to celebrate Chinese New Year's Eve.

Chinese New Year traditions

Here I leave you a compendium of easy-to-do traditions in case you dare:

  • The previous days you have to do a thorough cleaning of the house, to remove all the negative accumulated during the past year. Just thinking about making the crystals makes me lazy, but at least I have a good reason to do it.

  • New Year's shopping is the perfect reason to go on sale and be able to wear something new on the first day of the year.

  • Firecrackers and fireworks are an important part of Chinese culture, which was the inventor of gunpowder for a reason. So I'll have to buy an envelope with sparklers (not firecrackers, but hey, at least I'm not going to scare the neighbors).

  • On Chinese New Year's Eve, houses are decorated with red things, so I'll go find some red things for the house like candles, a cushion cover, flowers… and decorate the living room.

But the most important part is the New Year's dinner. Each part of the country has its own dishes for this celebration, but the most common are the Chinese dumplings (they are now in practically all supermarkets) and cooking a whole fish. Although the truth is, I think I'm going to be practical and go to the Chinese restaurant to get a couple more dishes.

If you celebrate it as a family, something essential is to put some money in red envelopes to give to the children, it seems that it attracts economic prosperity. And don't forget to pay your respects to your ancestors. In all Chinese houses there is an altar dedicated to the ancestors, so I am going to put the photos of my great-grandparents and my grandparents in front with a candle (I think it will be enough).

But what wine do I open to celebrate the Chinese New Year?

It is true that pairing Chinese food is not easy. On the one hand, the hot and spicy, but above all for serving all the dishes at the same time.

But if I look at the traditions, Jean Leon makes it very easy for me: red, fireworks, tradition and ancestor worship... Jean Leon 3055 Merlot-Petit Verdot brings it all to me in a bottle, and a young red with sparkle like It is this wine that allows me to pair this celebration dinner in the middle of winter.

So from Jean Leon we tell you:

新年好 / 新年好 (Xīnnián hǎo) Kind New Year!”

Sergio Castro

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