Chinese festivals are not just about visiting relatives and playing catch up, but a bulk of it revolves around tradition, and the biggest festival of them all, Chinese New Year (CNY) is definitely not an exception.
From the decorations, to auspicious greetings, and seasonal feasts, Chinese New Year is the epitome of Chinese custom and tradition for Chinese all over the world. Speaking of seasonal feasts and traditions, food prepared to celebrate this season plays a pivotal role in the celebrations as they each carry a specific auspicious significance for the new year.
So if you’re looking to boost your luck, wealth, prosperity and pave a smooth year ahead, give in to the age-old traditions and make sure you eat these yummy 8 dishes during CNY!
In ancient times, there weren’t notes as currency but ingots – and dumplings resemble them. They are mostly eaten on the eve of CNY because according to old wives tales, the more dumplings you consume equates to the more money will make in the coming year.
Glutinous Rice Cake, “Nian Gao” (年糕)
As glutinous rice cake sounds like it means “higher year” in the Chinese language, it is believe that those who eat this will achieve new heights and being prosperous in business for the new year.
Fish, “Yu” (鱼)
As with most food items on this list, fish in the Chinese language sounds like “surplus”, which is why many consume fish during CNY as it signifies surplus and abundance.
A dish that has many variations and named after the season, traditional spring rolls are wrapped to resemble bars of gold and are eaten to bring endless wealth and prosperity in the new year.
Significance: Long life and happiness
Carrying the same significance as birthday noodles, consuming longevity noodles is believed to represent long life, good health and happiness.
Sweet Meat, ”Rou Gan” (肉干)
Significance: Luck and wealth
Loved for its auspicious red color and savory sweet taste, sweet meat signifies luck, wealth and prosperity (and it tastes amazing)!
Significance: Wealth and good luck
Beloved for their bright golden-orange color, sweetness and round shape, mandarin oranges are eaten during CNY to symbolize success and luck.
Glutinous Rice Balls, ”Tang Yuan” (汤圆)
Significance: Togetherness and harmony with your loved ones
Not just eaten during CNY but also during various festivals throughout the year, due to its Chinese pronunciation, eating glutinous rice balls is said to bring togetherness and harmony.
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