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Cutting back on Chinese New Year's?

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By Tara Kimura, CBCNews.ca

Banquet hall feast or cozy family get-together? Stuffed or slim red envelope? These are some questions Canadians considered leading up to Chinese New Year's.

CBC News' Lucy Lopez reports that while the Year of the Ox represents prosperity, many consumers are hoping to spend a little less this year.

"The customers are more picky about details like food quality and prices. It is not that easy to take even one penny out their pockets," said Yang Jing, marketing manager of Markham's Quanjude Peking Duck Restaurant.

Tell us how are you celebrating Chinese New Year's tonight? Are you splurging or saving?

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Neoncab

Toronto

We saved. No restaurant dinner this time but we're crossing our fingers hoping tha the Ox will bring enough prosperity for the tradition to resume next year.

Posted January 27, 2009 08:16 AM

jodie

Toronto

Lunar New Year celebrations in Canada are nowhere near as elaborate (or lengthy!) as in China.

One nice thing that I've noticed is that eating at home with family is encouraged, rather than eating out. Still, some of the ingredients for the traditional lucky dishes can get expensive.

We had two dinners over the weekend with different sides of the family. While both featured a few luxury items, we did scale a bit this year. No oysters, no large whole fish, no overflowing abundance of candy and oranges, etc.

It was more about getting together with family to share a meal and think of the year going forward, making for two reflective, enjoyable evenings.

Posted January 27, 2009 10:18 AM

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