Tomorrow is Chinese New Year Eve, if you don’t know what can do on the New Year Eve. I think the Miracle Mandarin teacher’s suggestion can help you guys:
1. Spring Festival is a time for family reunion. The New Year’s Feast is “a must” banquet with all the family members getting together. The food eaten on the New Year Even banquet varies according to regions. In south China, especially in Shanghai, it is customary to eat “niangao” (New Year cake made of glutinous rice flour) because as a homophone, niangao means “higher and higher every year”. In the north, a traditional dish for the feast is “Jiaozi” or dumplings shaped like a crescent moon. Do you remember the activity “Bao jiaozi” in Miracle Mandarin?
2. Even if your Chinese is not fluent, it’s fun to have CCTV1’s New Year Gala on, at least in the background. Maybe you can learn some Chinese words or sentences. Aired since 1982, the Chunwan broadcast is watched by almost everyone in China. If you’re superstitious, don’t clear your plate of the fish, as the Chinese word for abundance sounds like the word for fish. A good food gift, thanks to its vibrant color, is a box of mandarin oranges. If you prefer to eat out in the evening, then book early!