The Chinese New Year is the start of the new Lunar Calendar and the onset of the agricultural season. For the Chinese, this date is the single most important holiday of the year. It’s a 15-day soiree - a time for family reunions and festive gatherings. Each day has a theme - the first day is for lighting fireworks and bamboo sticks, the fifth day is for dumplings, and so on. The common link is food: the half-month is filled with an abundance of dishes. After all, food is the cornerstone of Chinese culture. Traditional dishes are steeped with symbolism – many of which are homophones for lucky phrases.
The Year of the Tiger begins on Feb. 1, 2022. For an auspicious start to the new year - or good fortune any time of year - here are ten lucky Chinese dishes and where to enjoy them in Los Angeles.
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