Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is one of the world’s most notable and celebrated festivals. Known to the Chinese as their Spring Festival, the date varies each year, falling somewhere between January 21st and February 20th. This year, it will be observed on February 16, 2018. Although it is known as the Spring Festival, it commences during the winter time. It’s a way of saying goodbye to the end of one year and hello to the beginning of the next.
The festival is all about fireworks, entertainment, and eating. Dancing dragons, families gathering, and lots of red envelopes are many of the exciting things you will see and experience. Children especially look forward to receiving a red envelope, which contains a monetary gift inside!
Since red symbolizes luck and good fortune in the Chinese culture, we designed our Chinese New Year’s table around a beautiful Asian umbrella and used it as our main focal point. At each place setting, we used Cutlery Couture’s red ribbon silverware pouches to embellish our table. We placed silverware and a pair of black chopsticks in the pouch and positioned it in a white bowl. We wrapped a sage green napkin around a red plate and placed it on top of a larger white place. We kept the table settings simple and stylish, using colors that complimented our Asian umbrella.
Cutlery Couture began after Petra Rowland took a trip to Europe in 2008 and was inspired by the European dining experience. This got her thinking how she could bring that same experience back to the states and blend it with the way Americans dined. She wanted to create a stylish product that would turn a table into something fashionable. She teamed up with her close friend, Alison Pelose, and the two created Cutlery Couture – a line of fashionable silverware pouches made from natural woven jute.
Pouches or pockets have been around since the 17th Century and were created to hold things, such as your hands, wallet, loose change, cell phones, etc. For clothing, a pocket was considered an accessory; much like a women’s handbag accents an outfit today. With Cutlery Couture’s silverware pouches, you can now accessorize your table with style! We love their red ribbon pouches because they can be used for everyday dining or for a variety of holidays, such as Valentine’s Day, Independence Day, or Christmas to name a few. Oh, and of course, to celebrate the Chinese New Year!
Here are a few interesting facts about the Chinese and their culture you may not know:
The Chinese are known for their love of tea. Did you know that tea was first discovered by accident? The Emperor, at the time, had a few tea leaves and some fell into a pot of hot water. The beverage was so well-liked, that the Chinese began drinking tea. As a result, it has become one of the world’s most popular beverages.
Stamp collecting is the number one hobby in China.
Have you ever wondered how the Chinese came up with chopsticks? Due to their vast population, the Chinese began cutting their food into smaller pieces to conserve cooking fuel. This sped up the cooking process. Without the need for larger utensils, chopsticks became a staple on their tables. Now, if only I could figure out how to use them!
All of China is in one time zone despite the size of the country.
The Olympic Games in Beijing cost $40 billion dollars and are considered, to date, the most expense Olympic Games in history.
Fortune cookies were not invented in China. Rather they were created by a worker at Key Heong Noodle Factory located in San Francisco, CA. I don’t know about you, but I love the taste of them and its hard to resist reading the cute little sayings inside.
© By Linda Yonan