Time Warp: Celebrations Ring In Chinese New Year

February 5, 2019 GMT

Chinese New Year, 1984 and 1985: Chinese-Americans across the region marked the beginning of the new year on Feb. 2 in 1984, and Bobby Wang opened his home to readers of The Scranton Times to show how his family celebrates.

Mr. Wang explained that he traveled to New York City to pick up special foods for his family’s gathering, including fancy cookies, rice cakes and good luck coins.

The newspaper revisited Mr. Wang and his family at a celebration at House of China restaurant the following year, when the holiday fell on Feb. 20.

Each year is represented by an animal in the Chinese Animal Zodiac, and 1984 was the Year of the Rat. The traits of a rat are “quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind, smart and lovely,” according to ChinaHighlights.com. In 1985, the Year of the Ox was celebrated.

This year, Chinese New Year occurs Saturday. It is the Year of the Rooster, an animal said to be “hardworking, resourceful, observant, talented and confident,” the website noted.

The lucky numbers are 5, 7 and 8. Other rooster years were 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005.

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Visit our local history blog, Pages from the Past, for recipes associated with Chinese New Year at http://timestribuneblogs.com/pages-from-the-past/celebrating-chinese-new-year/