Fun Facts About Chinese New Year, Courtesy of Yu’s Garden Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, IL

Dating back to 2600BC, the Chinese lunar calendar is the longest chronological record in history, running 4,600 years strong.

The first day of the Chinese lunar year changes every year and it is strictly based on the cycles of the moon, which could happen anytime between late January and mid-February.  The pattern is repeated every 60 years.  This year, Chinese New Year will begin on February 10th and it is the Year of the Snake.

There are twelve animals that rule twelve consecutive years in the Chinese ZZodiac.fwodiac.  Legend has it that before Lord Buddha departed from Earth, he summoned all the animals, but only twelve came to see him move on.  Their reward was have a year named after them, based on the order in which they had arrived.

The rat, the oxen, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig are animals of deep significance in the Chinese culture and it is believed that the animal ruling during the year of someone’s birth will have a profound effect on their  traits and personality, often saying that there is the animal that hides in their hearts.

The traditional Chinese New Year celebration lasts 15 days.  In China, families get together and celebrate, with most people travelling back to their home towns.

Can I have the red envelope.fwPeople greet each other by shouting “gōng xǐ fā cái,” which loosely translates to “Congratulations and be prosperous!”  Children have a twist to the phrase, as they typically shout “gōng xǐ fā cái, hóng bāo ná lái,” which means “Congratulations and be prosperous! Now, give me a red envelope!” Following which, of course, they will get red envelopes with coins and other surprises in a mystery box.

Come celebrate Chinese New Year at Yu’s Garden in Glen Ellyn where kids under 12 are especially lucky!

Upon request, when dining in our dining room, they will receive:
A Mystery Box Containing:

  • A Red Envelope with Money
  • Special Chopsticks
  • Dough for Making a Pot Sticker
  • A Fortune Cookie
  • A Chance to Pick Up Dry Peas with Chopsticks.
    If Successful, and All Peas are Picked, Kids Will Receive a
    FREE order of Pot Stickers!

(May not be combined with any offers or promotions)


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