Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year will begin on 3 February 2011 which marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit – year 4709 on the Chinese Calendar!

Chinese Year of the RabbitThe date corresponds to the new moon in either late January or February. The Chinese calendar is different from that used in the United Kingdom. It is made up of a cycle of twelve years, each of them being named after an animal. This is very like our signs of the zodiac. Some people believe that people born in a particular year such as the year of the Dog will have some of the characteristics of that animal.

Did you know that the Dairy Diary has all the notable calendar dates you need?

Over a sixth of the people in the world celebrate Chinese New Year.
Customs vary in different parts of the world, but everywhere the main idea is the same. It is a time to remember the family and wish everyone peace and prosperity in the coming year.

So a neat second chance to kick-start failed new year resolutions and a great reason to cook some delicious Chinese-style dishes such as Oriental Chicken Stew from the  Hearty & Healthy, Dairy Cookbook.

Don’t forget your can still enter the competition to win a copy of Hearty & Healthy.

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