During Chinese New Year’s Eve or 除夕 (chu xi; ㄔㄨˊ ㄒ一ˋ ) we eat 年夜飯 (nian ye fan; ㄋ一ㄢˊ 一ㄝˋ ㄈㄢˋ ) Nian’s night’s meal. Nian means year right now, but Nian used to be a monster who would come down the mountain to eat people once a year, so Nian’s night is when everyone gathered to eat the last meal before the monster’s coming. Younger kids stay up at night because they want to protect the elderly, or 守歲 (sho sui; ㄕㄡˇ ㄙㄨㄟˋ ), meaning keeping/protecting old aged.
Here are some of the things we ate during the New Year’s Eve.
We ate Chinese food, Korean food, Persian food, and American food. Remember, this is Southern California.
We got Golo Bol Bol ice cream from L.A.
Doek and kimchi, also yakgwa.
Dumplings and sesame puffs (?).