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Continued: Chinese New Year with Fuchsia Dunlop

  • Article by: JO MARSHALL , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 29, 2014 - 4:04 PM

 

Q: What else plays into the celebration?

A: The color red is everywhere. Red invites good and fends off evil. Couplets are written on red paper and hung in doors and windows. Elders give children red packets of coins. And firecrackers — the noise is supposed to scare demons away.

 

Q: And how do you say Happy New Year’s in Chinese?

A: Xin nian kuai le! It’s pronounced like shin nee-en kweye ler (kweye as in “eye”).

 

Q: Oooooh. That’s tough. I think I’ll stick to cooking.

 

Jo Marshall is a Minneapolis ad writer with a passion for travel, food and culture.



 

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