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Celebrated our Chinese New Year 01/23/12

Eating “Tikoy” as one of the best food served during Chinese New Year. Niángāo, tikoy, or Chinese Cake is a food prepare from Glutinous Rice and consumed in Chinese Cuisine. It is considered good luck to eat Niángāo during this time, because “Niángāo” is a homonym for “Higher Year”. The Chinese word 粘 (nián), meaning “sticky”, is identical in sound to 年, meaning “year”, and the word 糕 (gāo), meaning “cake” is identical in sound to 高, meaning “high”. As such, eating nian gao has the symbolism of raising oneself higher in each coming year (年年高升 niánnián gāoshēng). Also known as rice cake. This sticky sweet snack was believed to be an offering to the Kitchen God, with the aim that his mouth will be stuck with the sticky cake, so that he can’t badmouth the human’s family to the God of all Gods (Yu Huang Da Di).

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