The Chinese New Year is now popularly known as the Spring Festival because it starts from the Begining of Spring.
Chinese dumpling is one of the most important foods in Chinese New Year. Since the shape of Chinese dumplings is similar to ancient Chinese gold or silver ingots, they symbolize wealth.
Traditionally, the members of a family get together to make dumplings during the New Year's Eve. They may hide a coin in one of the dumplings. The person who find the coin will likely have a good fortune in the New Year. Chinese dumpling is also popular in other Chinese holidays or festivals, so it is part of the Chinese culture or tradition.
To make Chinese dumplings, first of all, chop the meat into pieces and mash them, then mix thoroughly the ingredients.In a big bowl, add water to flour gradually. Mix and knead by hand to form soft dough, Then knead and roll it into a sausage---like dough about 5 centimeters in diameter, then chop it into small pieces.
Press each piece with your hand and get a pancake. Finally, to hold the pancake with your palm and put the filling in the center and wrap into half-moon shaped and seal the edges.
Today is Chinese Spring Festival of 2008.Now let's eating chinese dumpling and celebrating the new year.
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