The Chinese New Year

dragon-dance-copyCelebrate with Chef Leu’s House

There’s no need to brave complicated recipes or travel too far from home to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Chef Leu’s in Shelburne will be serving up a few delicious specials that are sure to bring you, or your taste buds, good luck and happiness.

Lucky Golden Balls: Deep fried vegetable balls served with sweet and tangy brown sauce on a bed of lettuce.

Crispy Walnut Shrimp: Large shrimp fried to crisp perfection nestled on a bed of broccoli and.

Triple Happiness: A hearty serving of General Gao’s chicken, orange flavored beef, and sesame shrimp.

The Year of the Sheep

Chinese-New-Year-2-copy2015 is the year of the Sheep (Feb. 19, 2015 to Feb. 7, 2016). People born in the year of the sheep kind hearted, clever, filial, and polite. They have an appreciation for art and beauty, and perhaps in a certain religion and a fondness of quiet living. As for personality weaknesses, they are often pessimistic, worrisome, shy, and over sensitive.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Traditionally, families celebrate on the eve of the Chinese New Year with a reunion dinner at home. Certain foods, such as dumplings and fish, are served to symbolize prosperity.

To clean or not to clean?

Tradition holds that cleaning the home before the New Year sweeps away bad luck and makes room for good luck, but cleaning directly after the New Year will sweep away any good luck that has accumulated.

The Chinese Calendar

The Chinese Calendar, on which the Chinese New Year is based, is a lunisolar calendar which predates the Gregorian Calendar and shares similarities to the Jewish Calendar. In both calendars, an ordinary year has 12 months and a leap year has 13 months.

Twelve Animals

Each year as marked on the Chinese Calendar is associated with one of 12 animals: Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, and Dragon. The calendar starts with the Year of the Rat and cycles continuously.

Celebrities born in the Year of the Sheep

Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Barbara Walters, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Benicio del Toro, Clare Danes.