Chinese New Year, which follows the lunar calendar, takes place on February 8th. It is an important family holiday with a lot of time spent in the kitchen and around the dining table. Every year there is an excess in foods ranging from oranges, which symbolize good fortune, to noodles (longevity) to whole chickens and fishes (prosperity and family).
One dessert that my family enjoys during Chinese New Year is tangyuan. Popular all over China, these mochi-like dumplings are stuffed with sweet fillings like red bean or sesame or peanut paste. They are usually cooked in syrup or broth.