Lunar New Year, a celebration throughout Asia that rings in the new year and recognizes the Chinese zodiac calendar, kicks off today. This year marks the Year of the Pig, a symbol of optimism and wealth, and the festivities garner the biggest family holiday across China. Between fireworks lighting up the sky and red lanterns lining the streets, there’s no shortage of excitement following Lunar New Year, and a big part of that consists of feasting.
Reunion dinner, as it’s called, is a huge family affair -- so a huge amount of food is necessary and welcome to kick the new year off. As such, a lot of care is taken into preparing the dishes, and each is created to represent a blessing for the year ahead. To replicate your own Lunar New Year feast, try out some of these common recipes this week.