Addison’s been so excited about the big Chinese New Year celebration with Lao Lao and Gong Gong and the rest of the Yong family cousins, aunts and uncles. She has been counting down the days until the big jiao-zi party that has become Lao Lao’s claim to fame amongst the grandkids.
Jiao-zi are Chinese dumplings, which we eat all year round (thanks to Lao Lao), but at CNY she makes special dumplings. Some of these jiao-zi have little extras inside to symbolize important CNY fortunes for good luck – steamed rice cake for achieving new heights in the new year, sweets (raisins) for a sweet life, peanuts for a long life, and the kids’ favourite…coins for prosperity. It’s a jiao-zi eating contest and a bit of a treasure hunt all at the same time.
Lao Lao’s birthday is also the fifth day of the lunar calendar so we usually celebrate Chinese New Year and her birthday together.
Welcome to the Year of the Rooster!
Elaine, Aaron, Addison and Charlie