Year of Horse of course

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Last updated 16:34 30/01/2014
Lei Zhang
Derek Flynn

Lei Zhang Manager is celebrating Chinese New Year with his customers at Fans Restaurant.

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The Chinese New Year for Chinese is the same as Christmas for Kiwis - all about spending time with family and friends.

But the owner of Fan's Chinese Restaurant in Blenheim plans to first spend today with customers during China's most important holiday.

The 15-day celebrations for the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, culminate with the Lantern Festival.

Fan's Chinese Restaurant owner Lei Zhang said they would be putting on a selection of special Chinese dishes to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

"When people think [of] Chinese food, it's Chinese fried rice, fried noodles, sweet and sour pork and chicken and cashews," he said. "It's not like that."

The recipe for one traditional Chinese dish in one province could be drastically different to the same dish in another area, Mr Zhang said. "Traditional Chinese foods have thousands of different recipes for each."

Today also marks the beginning of the Year of the Horse, according to the Chinese zodiac.

In Chinese culture, the horse was an ancient symbol for loyalty, industry and energy, he said.

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