Essay About Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important celebration in China; it is a time for families to get together and celebrate. It consists of many different events than the American New Year. There are many traditions of the Chinese New Year that are celebrated by many families, and Amy Tan’s book “Fish Cheeks” does a good job of representing this culture.
Chinese New Year is a very important celebration in China that happens every year; it includes many traditions and many different types of food. One famous tradition that is really important to many families is to have a large meal with family and friends. “The New Year’s feast is a ‘must’ banquet with all the family members getting together” ( During these celebrations many traditional foods are made and eaten. The New Year’s feast is one of the most important meals of the year (“Chinese New Year Traditions”). Another tradition for Chinese New year is the red envelopes. “The red envelopes are filled with money and are typically only given to children or unmarried adults with no
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First of all the family in the book has a big feast with all their relatives. “My relatives licked the ends of their chopsticks, and reached across the table, dipping them into the dozen of so plates of food” (Tan 185). Amy Tan did a good job of incorporating the tradition of having a banquet into her book. They had a large meal with their family and friends by inviting the minister’s family over too. Another part of Amy’s book that related to the Chinese culture was the food that they ate. “My relatives murmured with pleasure when my mother brought out the whole steamed fish” (Tan 185). The family ate a whole fish for their meal with the eye and tail still on it. The author added traditional foods into her book that tie in with the Chinese culture. Overall, Amy Tan did an excellent job connecting her book with her

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