Friday, January 4, 2013

How to Set the Table for the Chinese New Year

Chinese families celebrate New Year lasts for 15 days, and usually occur in January or February. Called Chūn Jié, which translates to "spring festival," the Chinese New Year is a joyous time of festivities, personal reflection and creating auspicious beginnings. The part of the Chinese New Year celebrations is New Year's Eve reunion dinner, called Chú Xī or "eve of the passing year," which allow members of the family have the opportunity to reconnect and share their hopes for the upcoming year.

Set the Table for the Chinese New Year

Prepare a table and chairs to accommodate the number of guests you intend to serve at your Chinese New Year dinner. Chinese tradition prefers a round table to a square or rectangular one, as more people can be comfortably seated and easily face other diners. To follow formalities, give your guest of honor, the oldest member of your family or your most respected dinner guest, either a central seat that faces eastward or the seat that offers the best view of the entrance and other diners. Make Chinese inspired place cards to make finding the right seat easy for your guests.

Set a place for each diner with a bowl, small dish, pair of chopsticks, known as "kuaizi" in Chinese, a soup spoon, at least one cup and a napkin. Arrange these items in a pleasing way, and make each place setting to look the same to create a uniform appearance on the dinner table. If you are serving more than one drink, different glasses will need to be present at each place setting.

a bowl, small dish, chopsticks, a soup spoon

On the table service center put a few different dishes, communal style, once all the guests have been seated. Your menu should include a wide variety of ingredients, textures and flavors, as well as foods that have symbolic meanings or have names that sound like words of good fortune. Implore the guests of your Chinese New Year dinner to help themselves after any toasts, and encourage them to eat directly from the serving trays to keep with tradition. If space is limited, serve small, individual soup bowls on the diner's right and rice bowls on the left.

Add represented decorative items that signify good luck in the Chinese New Year on the table and a new beginning. These auspicious in Chinese culture shades of red, yellow, purple and gold colors and New Year decorations symbols love, wealth, longevity and good fortune. Colorful decorate your table runner-up, flower arrangement or other items to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Tips & Warnings
  • Please show your dinner guests, for a peaceful New Year warm wishes on their arrival, to keep with the traditional orange.
  • Avoid including decorative, white or black, because they are usually in Chinese culture negative and sad.
  • In accordance with the practice of traditional etiquette while using chopsticks, because there are a lot of taboos, improper use of greetings.

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