Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Year's Eve Feast

You can find all our posts on Chinese New Year HERE

The Lunar New Year is a time for families to gather for dinner. When setting the table, a place is set for everyone, even if someone can not make it. People travel from afar to be with their families.

Some chinese families seal the doors of their homes prior to the feast with more red strips, in order to keep out bad spirits. These seals are broken at midnight to let in the New Year.

Our Reunion Dinner turned out a little sparse - my sister and her family were going to join us but we were hit with a strong blizzard.

Making the jaozi from scratch was fun -  the girls helped to fill and close the dumplings, and Elle wanted to do more once we were done. I ended up using the recipe from "Feeding the Dragon" by Nate & Mary Kate Tate, also found on Epicurious. I was making the dough, and this recipe called for 5-10 minutes of kneading, rather than the 25 minutes called for with the Rasa Malaysia dumpling recipe I first planned to make. Less kneading is always an incentive.

We ate our lucky meal, and stayed up until midnight. But Pea was coming down with something, and went to bed early, so we didn't end up using our noisemakers.

Elle enjoying her homemade jiaozi

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