How to Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Aurora!

February 13, 2018

Want a reason to celebrate new beginnings and invite a little luck into your life? Then join the millions of people who mark the lunar new year beginning on February 16 and enjoy the cultural festivities that usher prosperity, longevity and happiness into your life!

This is the year of the Earth Dog and the Chinese Horoscope predicts that 2018 will be a good but exhausting year. The predictions delve into the specifics for each animal sign of the Chinese zodiac (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig), for a preview of the year ahead.

If you want to know your “love horoscope,” Your Tango has all the details. Were you born in the Year of the Dog? So were a few presidents including Donald Trump and former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Foods That Bring Good Luck

Like Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, the Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner is a feast of fantastic food and certain dishes are believed to bring good fortune. Menus differ around the world, but fish is a regular favorite because the Chinese word for fish, yu, sounds exactly the same as the word for abundance.

Other lucky foods, according to  China Highlights, are noodles which symbolize happiness and longevity, dumplings and spring rolls, symbolizing wealth, and fish, which increase prosperity. But take notes here: in Chinese cuisine fish is often served whole and eaten one side at a time. And if you flip your fish after eating the top half, rather than removing the spine – you’ll turn your prosperity upside down!

Our Favorite Chinese Restaurants near Southshore

For delectable Chinese cuisine you don’t have to look very far from Southshore. The Sunflower Asian Bistro is one mom and pop restaurant that gets four-star reviews on Yelp, and is super close at 4510 S. Reservoir Rd.

Open till 9:00 or 9:30 p.m. most nights, except closed on Tuesdays, the Sunflower Asian Bistro has plenty of lucky noodle dishes, in addition to the usual suspects like Happy Family and General Tso’s Chicken.

You can always make your own dumplings and fish, since these play a special role in your 2018 future. Genius Kitchen has a tasty whole fish recipe with sweet and sour veggies, with oyster sauce, soy sauce and plenty of fresh ginger.

Decorate to Celebrate

Another way to celebrate is to make and display red decorations, especially paper lanterns. Red is the color or symbol of good luck in Chinese culture and is often used for New Year’s decorations. Buggy and Buddy has dozens more crafts to inspire you and any kids in your orbit, including a pellet drum, thumbprint zodiac chart, paper fish and lion masks.

Enjoy The Festivities

Take a journey on Saturday, February 17 to the Far East, by way of Denver, and experience the largest Chinese New Year Celebration in the Rocky Mountain Region. At the Colorado Chinese New Year Celebration, you can enjoy award-winning professional acrobats, a Beijing opera and Chinese music, a lion dance performance and Kung Fu demonstrations. Plus, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. you can sample a variety of authentic Chinese foods and view cultural displays, artwork and crafts, calligraphy, traditional costumes, and more. General admission to the event at the Citypoint Church on 200 S. University Blvd. is $25.

This Chinese New Year we wish all of you “gung hay fat choy”, or may you become prosperous in this year of the Earth Dog!

Authentic in Southshore

The amenities in the master-planned community of Southshore range from a beautiful rec center/clubhouse with a gym, pub and community room, perfect for events and celebration. The spectacular models from Toll Brothers, Richmond American Homes and Century Communities are worth a look, thoughtfully-designed by three of Colorado’s top builders. New homes in ranch and two-story designs are priced between the upper $300s and the $700s and appeal to a variety of architectural tastes and style preferences. Stop by today!