Have you seen this lion?
Be on the look out for the Lion Dance. The lion is bigger than 2 grown men, and has been known to eat lucky red packet treats right out of innocent by-standers' hands. Spotting the Lion Dancing and jumping has been known to bring good luck to viewers during Chinese New Year.
Happy Chinese New Year! I love saying that, as Chinese New Year celebrations last for 2 weeks from the New Moon to the Full Moon. On the evening of the full moon, it is the last day of Chinese New Year, and is celebrated with the Festival of Lights. During the New Year celebration, I have come to love seeing my local Lion Dance Team. The team was the brain child of The Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, and they perform for free all over Nashville and surrounding areas.
The other brain child of The Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (CAAN) is the Annual Chinese New Year Dinner held at the Golden Coast restaurant, 1722 W End Ave, Nashville, TN (615) 321-8882. CAAN offers a 10-Course Good Luck Chinese Banquet, with a different menu each year. I look forward to this event every year because it is a way to break bread with my friends, celebrate the New Year, feel connected with my heritage, and celebrate my ancestors who came before me. Before CAAN came to town, there was nothing like this celebration, and there were no good luck Lion Dances to be seen in Nashville.
1. Seafood hot and sour soup
2. Assorted Chinese appetizers
3. Princess scallops
4. Roasted Hong Kong style duck
5. Orange beef
6. Dried shitake mushrooms and bok choy
7. Sesame chicken
8. Crispy shrimp
9. Mixed vegetables with dried tofu sticks
10. Dragon flounder pearl
Bonus. Joy Luck Sweet Soup
Happy New Year everyone! If you have any new year's resolutions that went to the wayside a couple weeks ago, feel free to think of Chinese New Year as a "re-do" or "do over" and start anew. Good Luck friends!