It’s the time to spend quality time with your family.
2021 is a year of the Ox, starting from February 12th, 2021 (Chinese lunar New Year Day) and lasting until January 31st, 2022. Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, there will be no family gathering this year.
As we continue to minimize the spread of the coronavirus in Southern California, gathering with extended family to celebrate Chinese New Year isn’t possible and traditional Chinese dishes will be missed.
Gao, a Chinese New Year cake brings back wonderful childhood memories of my mom making this delicious dessert. I enjoyed eating it hot, when it is at its chewy best, and its texture marvelous: tacky and soft, with brown sugary strings that pull from your mouth when you take a bite.
During Chinese New Year, it is customary to give out red packets filled with money. It is unlikely that you will ever receive any lai see without greeting someone with a pleasing, auspicious phrase.
May you and your loved ones be blessed with good health, peace, and overflowing joy. Happy New Year.