Happy Chinese New Year!
2017 Year of the Rooster
As a kid, I used to collect stamps (random, I know) and the Post Office would always do an elaborate Chinese New Year collection. I bought one every year and they would always be the extra large stamps in bold colors with usually a calligraphy-drawn animal and lots of gold foil. Other than that, we exchanged money in red envelopes but didn’t really cook much – we would always go out to eat.
This year C and I decided to celebrate Chinese New Year at Buddakan. Buddakan is a glitzy Asian fusion restaurant in Chelsea with lots of fun cocktails, dim sum appetizers and all sorts of Asian eats.
If you haven’t made plans to celebrate yet, the restaurant is having a special Chinese New Year Brunch on Sunday, January 29th. The restaurant is typically only open for dinner but will have a special Year of the Rooster Dim Sum from 12pm – 2:30pm featuring Lion Dancer performances and DJ Timka. Make sure to reserve in advance!
According to Asian astrology, the year of your birth and the corresponding animal dictate many of your personality traits. People born in the Year of the Rooster are said to be hardworking, resourceful, talkative and confident. Much like a rooster, they are happiest when with company but are also said to be vain and arrogant with a penchant to brag. I don’t personally know any roosters..
There are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac in total so I’ve only had two years of my animal. As a kid, I used to think those 12th years would be extra special – but the year of your zodiac sign is supposed to be the unluckiest! Ha.
Hope everyone has a great new year!
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