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Celebrating Lunar New Year with Panda Express

January 25, 2020 marked the beginning of Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac and Panda Express is a great place to celebrate!

Lunar New Year traditionally includes the coming together of family and friends to feast and welcome the new year. A variety of lucky foods are served because of their symbolic meaning surrounding either their Chinese pronunciation or physical appearance—with individual dishes representing specific aspects of good fortune to come in the new year.

Panda Express locations across Alabama serve egg rolls which symbolize wealth; long chow mein noodles that symbolize long life; and their limited-time Firecracker Shrimp that symbolize happiness—making celebrating Lunar New Year with your family fun and delicious!

Another tradition of Lunar New Year is the giving of red envelopes, called hong bao in Mandarin, and traditionally, these monetary gifts are given from the older generation to a younger generation. At the heart of this tradition, the act of giving is wishing good fortune and prosperity upon one another. Panda Express embodies this tradition with their support of our patients and families at Children’s of Alabama. In 2019, Panda Express employees and customers donated more than $145,000 to Children’s to help provide the world-class, family-centered care every child in our state deserves.

Thank you to our friends at Panda and Happy New Year!