NMU celebrates Chinese New Year with food

MARQUETTE — Tomorrow is the Chinese New Year, the beginning of the lunar calendar for the year.

China celebrates it for a week each year, and the celebration actually began today. The New Year is the most important date on the Chinese calendar.

Northern Michigan University’s Wildcat Den was marking the occasion with special food selections.

“We chose some foods that have some significance, that the Chinese usually eat to celebrate the New Year,” NMU Dining Services operations manager Laurie Schneider said. “One thing would be fish. It signifies wealth; almost every family eats fish on New Year’s for that reason, to wish for wealth in the upcoming year. We have potstickers, which also signify wealth or abundance.”

2015 is the Year of the Sheep in the Chinese zodiac. People born under the sign of the Sheep tend to be tender, polite and clever. However, Sheep can also apparently be vain, indecisive and moody.