Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year! The most widely held holiday in China is now celebrated all over the world in places such as London, New York, and Korea as a way to honor family, friends, and prepare for the good fortune to come. Red is the color of the holiday, which in traditional Chinese culture is a color that signifies good luck and good fortune. In fact, the color red is seen everywhere in China during this annual celebration in the forms of lanterns, decorations, and gifts. Every Chinese New Year features a new animal, and this year is the Year of the Monkey. What does that mean exactly? Well, the last time we had a Year of the Monkey was in 2004, and according to, "People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality." Want to learn more about your own Chinese Zodiac animal? Find out here.

As with all holidays, gathering around the table with family and friends for a great meal is always a wonderful thing, and we've compiled some of our favorite homemade versions of traditional Chinese takeout foods such as egg rolls, sweet and sour chicken, and fried rice in this recipe collection so you can do just that. As for the Year of the Monkey, we think that some ooey, gooey monkey bread is the perfect brunch item to help you celebrate!

Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread

Another great way to celebrate this special day is to enjoy a fantastic Chinese salad, which has garnered the title of "Best-Ever," so we're pretty excited to share it with you. Check it out below and let us know what you think.

Do you have a favorite way to celebrate the Chinese New Year? Were you born in the Year of the Monkey? Let us know in the comments, we'd love to hear from you. You can also head on over to Facebook where we share our favorite recipes, tips, and tricks daily. See you there, and a Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family!