this sunday, february 14th, marks 2 big holidays . . . valentine's day and the start of the Chinese New Year. it is the year of the TIGER (which happens to be MY year). it is a chinese tradition to eat long noodles on this day to signify a long and prosperous life. because of this, the noodles are never cut or shortened in the belief that it would be bad luck and would shorten that person's life. they are served long and whole, like other foods served during the Chinese New Year, since the Chinese also believe that presenting food whole is symbolic for "completeness."