Fortune cookies may not be authentically Chinese, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun making them at home for the Lunar New Year. For the Chinese New Year, a.k.a. the Lunar New Year, which begins on February 1st, why not make fortune cookies at home?
In addition to making tastier cookies than you get at restaurants, you get to write your own fortunes.
National Fortune Cookie Day is July 20th, but why wait until then?
In addition to the Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day is coming up. You can probably come up with some choice Valentine fortunes.
If you’d feel more comfortable with a kit (photo #2), or you’d like to give one as a gift, head here.
Fortune cookies are more than a snack to crack open for the fortune inside.
> The history of fortune cookies.
The Chinese calendar, also called the lunar calendar, is a lunisolar calendar, i.e., it’s based on the movement of both the moon and the sun.
Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, the Chinese/Lunar New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February.
The event is marked not just in China and the rest of Southeast Asia, but across the globe. Who would pass up a celebration with all that great food—dumplings, noodles, spring rolls, and a long list of favorite dishes.
Marking the beginning of another lunar year, the festival lasts for more than two weeks: family reunions, prayers, and feasting, a five-day Lantern Festival, and a New Year’s Eve of reunions and gift-giving.
The tradition of spending the Lunar New Year holiday with family means that hundreds of millions of Chinese people (among other Asian groups) are traveling home to be with family. It’s the world’s biggest annual migration.
Separate from the holiday is the ascendance of the year’s reigning animal. Each new year brings with it an animal from the Chinese zodiac.
The Chinese zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle. Each year in the cycle has an animal sign: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat/ram/sheep, monkey, rooster, dog or pig.
This approach is believed to have originated during a period in which animal worship was practiced in China.
It’s been in use for some 2,000 years and is central to Chinese and other Asian cultures. As with western zodiac followers, people use it to determine their fortune for the year, romantic and business prospects, etc.
This year (2022) is the Year Of The Tiger.