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Chinese New Year kicks off with a meal fit for a fat American.

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Chinese New Year kicks off with a meal fit for a fat American. The Chinese New Year typically starts with the new moon and ends 15 days later, with the full moon. That's one long party. Tonight's bash — welcoming the Year of the Dog — crams tons of fun into six hours. And the best part is that it's "a family affair," says Johnny Wu, president of the Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland, meaning you won't have the usual January 1 headache. "It's a time of reunion and thanksgiving," Wu says.

Tonight's festivities start with a traditional Lion Dance, followed by a 12-course dinner. Be sure to come hungry, says Wu. "If you like Chinese cuisine, this is a great opportunity." On the menu: pork, fish, lobster, beef, chicken, and more. "It is a delicacy that you will never forget," he adds.
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