Most people like a good party, even when the celebration is outside their ethnic tradition. In fact, many people look beyond personal experience for something fresh and exciting. They reach out to learn and share.
Just like Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year festivities – January 28, 2017 — are working into U.S. culinary culture. Americans want to participate. And, why not? January and February can be tiresome months with limited warmth and sunshine. It’s the perfect time to create energy elsewhere.
One of the easiest ways to recognize 2017 as the Lunar Year of the Rooster is to adopt a rooster. Not a live feathered bird; that could be messy. Instead, something symbolic such as a pitcher, hand towel, jewelry.
Or Newby’s rooster-adorned tea caddy. It does double duty as a lucky symbol and tea storage. Inside you’ll find Almond Calm, a special blend of almond slices and Assam black tea. You and your guests will appreciate the color-rich presentation and high-quality tea.
Like those born under the sign of the rooster – 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017– the tea style embodies intensity associated with hardworking, honest and beautiful character. The warm gold, brown and yellow in the caddy design are lucky for “Roosters.”
Use the tea caddy and other rooster items to reinforce your Chinese New Year theme. And, use it to drive conversation. Share what you’ve know about the zodiac.
For example, parables suggest the twelve Chinese zodiac signs – which are annual not monthly — began when the Buddha invited all animals to bid him farewell when he was departing Earth. Only twelve arrived, and so they each had a sign named after them. They cycle through year after year. In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.
To find your sign try this Zodiac Calculator.