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Yusheng

Description: It is the tossing of fish salad done during the New Years. People would circle around with chopsticks in hand. Then they would throw the salad as high as they are able, the higher meaning better fortune for the next year and having your wishes come true. The fish is the most important part… Continue Reading »

Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens on New Years

The informant is from South Carolina and recounts a New Years tradition from the region. T: On New Year’s Day, in the South, everybody cooks black eyed peas and collard greens. The back eyed peas are good for money. The black eyed peas represent the change and the collard greens is the cash. And that’s… Continue Reading »

Iranian New Year Tradition (Haft-sin)

Name: Haft-sin (هفت‌سین) Main Piece Me: So, I know people in Iran celebrate their New Year next month. Informant: Yeah, Nowruz. It’s in March, but I’m not sure what day it’s on because it’s always different I think. Me: Is there anything you guys do on that day? Or any particular dish that is traditional… Continue Reading »

Nowruz Celebrations in Lebanon

RA: “Nowruz is the Iranian New Year, and it’s a different time every spring. I was young when we left Iran, so I don’t really remember celebrating Nowruz there. We also never went back there during the spring, so the timing never worked out after we moved. When we lived in the UK, we couldn’t… Continue Reading »

Don’t Sweep the Floor on Lunar New Year

Main Piece: D: On the first day of New Year, you don’t sweep the floor. They believe that you’re gonna sweep away all of the good things– they don’t talk about luck, they talk about wealth, money. So you just keep it inside the house, or maybe you can gather it in one spot and… Continue Reading »