Going vegetarian on the first day of lunar New Year marks the initiation
of another year. Doing good to gather virtue and refraining from killing
for food connote auspice. Further, feasting on New Year' s Eve and the
subsequent day would overtax the digestive system and giving it a break
would be more beneficial than not. Hence a lot of folks resort to going
vegetarian for the entirety of New Year' s Day.
Inviting vegetarian dishes are many. Try, perhaps, preparing the everbeloved
New Year dish, le-han zhai (lohan mixed veggies), the recipe
of which is as follows: first, soak and cook dried shitake mushrooms,
jin-zhen (golden needles), yun-er (cloud-ear fungus), fa-cai (hair-like
weeds), and dried sweet tofu; second, add long napa cabbage, dried
cornstalk, sliced carrot, shelled ginkgo fruit, and sliced ginger; and
third, cook with oil, salt, and sugar. The dish makes apt offering to
the Buddhas and bodhisattvas and ancestors.