This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Read on for fun info about how to celebrate the Chinese New Year with potstickers and then download your free printable Chinese red envelopes for your celebration!
The beginning of the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival celebration is coming up on February 5. We’ve never celebrated the Chinese New Year in our family, but recently I learned more about the activities, food, and fun involved with the holiday and thought it would be interesting to share what I’ve learned with you!
Traditional Chinese New Year food
My favorite part of the Chinese New Year celebrations would definitely be the food! I love Chinese food, and the traditional celebratory food does not disappoint. Every area and household has their own traditions, but the most common new year dishes include:
- Spring rolls
- Steamed fish
- Steamed chicken
- Nian gao (a rice cake, or New Year cake)
- Vegetable dishes
- Hot pot
If you are looking for an easy and delicious way to celebrate the Chinese New Year, I highly recommend the Ling Ling Potstickers. Potstickers are a type of dumpling that is pan-fried on one side and then boiled in water. Ling Ling potstickers can be found in the frozen section of your grocery store and are really easy to make. They come complete with a signature dipping sauce and are made with high-quality ingredients full of authentic Asian flavor.
The potstickers from Ling Ling come in 3 varieties: Chicken & Vegetable, Pork & Vegetable, and Vegetable. We have tried all 3, and they are all
The year of the pig
At some point, you’ve probably been exposed to the Chinese Zodiac. Like the astrological zodiac signs, there are 12 Chinese zodiac animals. However, they represent the birth year, not the birth month. Last year was the year of the dog, and 2019 is the year of the pig. If you or your spouse were born in the year of the pig, you would think that this year would be good luck, right? Nope! Instead, it is thought of as a year you need to overcome evil spirits and bad fortune. In some areas, a married man will need to be accompanied by his wife when he goes out at night during his year. That fun little tidbit isn’t the only thing married couples do for the Chinese New Year celebration.
The Chinese New Year and married couples
- Traditionally, a woman wouldn’t visit her family on the New Year as it is a sign of marriage problems. Instead, she would visit on the 2nd day of the celebration.
- During the Lantern Festival (a celebration on the last day of the Chinese New Year), Sky Lanterns were traditionally gifted to newlyweds or couples who do not yet have children as a blessing for children.
- Red packets (or envelopes, or pockets) filled with crisp new bills are traditionally given to children to pass on good fortune. Instead of gifting the red pockets to children, in some areas married couples give red envelopes with money to their unmarried friends to transfer good luck to them.
Make your own Chinese red envelopes
If you’d like to spread your married good fortune to your unmarried friends and family, just download and print the first page of my envelope template (download at end of this post) on red paper. I used red cardstock so the envelope would be more sturdy. Turn the paper over and print the second page of the template on the back of the first page. Then grab some scissors, glue and some optional red envelope embellishments.
Follow the instructions on the template to create your envelope. I’ve already included the Chinese symbol Fú 福, or good fortune, on the front of the envelope. You can leave it as is, or embellish the envelope with gold or black accents. I used two different gold tapes to brighten up my envelopes.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with friends and family
Will you be celebrating the Chinese New Year this year on February 5? If you are, you should definitely grab some Ling Ling potstickers for your celebration. Don’t forget to share your good fortune with your unmarried friends by gifting money in my free printable red envelopes!
Download your free envelope template by filling out the form below. I hope you have a great Chinese New Year!
Resource for Chinese New Year information: https://chinesenewyear.net