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Chinese New Year Lucky Food

Fish-a increase in prosperity

In Chinese, “fish” sounds like ‘surplus’ (almost Yú /yoo/). On the Chinese New Year dinner menu, fish is a popular Chinese New Year dish. At the end of the year, Chinese people still want to have a surplus, because they think if they’ve managed to save enough at the end of the year, then in the next year they can make more.

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Chinese Dumplings – Wealth

Chinese Lunar New Year Traditional Food
Dumpling (Jiǎozi /jyaoww-dzrr/) is a classic lucky new year food with a history of more than 1,800 years, and a traditional Chinese New Year’s Eve dish, widely popular in China, particularly in North China.

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It is possible to make Chinese dumplings look like Chinese silver ingots (which are not bars, but boat-shaped, oval, and turned up at the two ends). Legend has it that during the New Year festivities, the more dumplings you eat, the more money you will gain in the New Year.

There are various definitions for different dumpling fillings . At the Spring Festival, Chinese do not eat Chinese sauerkraut (almost suāncài /swann-tseye/) dumplings, since it means a bad and challenging future. It is a tradition to eat dumplings with cabbage and radish on New Year’s Eve, meaning that one’s skin becomes fair and one’s mood becomes gentle.

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Spring Rolls-Wealth

Spring rolls (Chūnjuǎn /chwnn- jwen/) get their name because during the Spring Festival they are usually eaten. It is a particularly popular Chinese New Year dish in East China: Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Fujian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, etc.

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A Cantonese dim sum dish of cylindrical-shaped rolls filled with vegetables, meat, or something sweet, is spring rolls. When the spring rolls are given their golden-yellow color, the fillings are wrapped in thin dough wrappers, then fried.

Glutinous Rice Cake — a Higher Income or Position

Glutinous rice cake (年糕 Niángāo /nyen-gaoww/) is a lucky food eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve. Glutinous rice cake in Chinese sounds as though it means “getting higher year-on- by year” This implies that the higher you are, the more profitable your company is, in the minds of Chinese people, a general improvement in life. Sticky rice, sugar, chestnuts, Chinese dates, and lotus leaves are the principal ingredients of niangao.

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Sweet Rice Balls-Togetherness of Family

The key food for China’s Lantern Festival is the sweet rice ball (Tāngyuán/tung-ywen/), but people eat them during the Spring Festival in southern China. With reunion and being together, the pronunciation and round shape of tangyuan are associated. This is why, during the New Year festivities, the Chinese favor them.

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Noodles of Longevity-Happiness and Longevity

Longevity noodles unsurprisingly symbolize a desire for longevity (almost Chángshòu Miàn /chung-show myen/). Their length and unsevered planning are indicative of the life of the eater too.

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It is a lucky food consumed in North China on Chinese New Year’s Day. Either fried and served on a plate, or boiled and served in a bowl with their broth, they are longer than usual noodles and uncut.

Fullness and Abundance of Good Fortune Fruit

During the Chinese New Year season, certain fruits, such as tangerines and oranges, and pomeloes, are eaten. They are chosen as they are particularly round and “golden” in color, symbolizing fullness and prosperity, but more clearly for the lucky sound they carry when they are spoken.

Chinese New Year Fruit Platters

Due to their pronunciation, and even writing, eating and showing tangerines and oranges is believed to bring good luck and fortune. The orange (and tangerine) Chinese is 橙 (chéng /chnng/), which sounds the same as ‘success’ (almost) Chinese. The Chinese character for luck (almost jí /jee/) is one of the methods of writing tangerine (almost jú /jyoo/).

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It is assumed that eating pomeloes/shaddocks brings continual wealth. The more you eat, as the popular saying goes, the more riches it will offer. With the exception of the tone, the Chinese for pomelo (almost yòu /yo/) sounds like ‘to have’ (almost yòu), and exactly like ‘again’ (almost yòu).







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