When I worked in the fashion industry, business would grind to a halt at Chinese New Year. Basically, if you didn’t get your shipment out before it, started you were doomed to wait it out! It is a huge celebration. Factories close for 2-3 weeks and people trek en masse across China to visit with family often causing chaos on the trains and roads. The Lunar calendar is used calculate Chinese New Year. It generally falls on the second new moon after the Winter Solstice, which this year was January 28th. Whole fish, dumplings and long noodles are considered lucky, as are tangerines and clementines, in fact little ornamental tangerine trees are often given as New Year gifts as their round orange fruits signify prosperity for the coming year. Here are some recipes from our site inspired by the cuisines of the countries that celebrate this important lunar Spring Festival. Gōng xǐ fā cái!