"I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." Winston S. Churchill
You're probably familiar with what's commonly known as Chinese New Year, celebrated by many Asian countries every January/February and more modernly referred to as Lunar New Year. February 5th is New Year's Day for the year of the pig. I've had a special fondness for pigs ever since I wrote a college thesis on the symbolism of the pig in Korean shamanism. In that world, pigs symbolize wealth and fertility.
There are various celebrations for the Lunar New Year in different cultures. Even though the themes of each year rotate among twelve designated animals (ask me about this someday!), the rituals remain the same, and they are delicious.
In Korean culture, eating dduk geuk, or rice cake soup, is a New Year tradition. Each rice cake symbolizes both a coin and another year of life. The Maangchi website is my favorite place for Lunar New Year Korean recipes since my mom never measures anything (although my mom makes The Best Korean food!). Try cooking differenttraditional Lunar New Year dishes next week and welcome the Year of the Pig with an intention of being open to new experiences.