Once you’ve decorated your house, bought new clothes, got a hair cut, met with your friends and family for CNY lunches and dinners you might think you are done with all the celebrations, but that’s not true.
There are many lucky foods that you should eat over Chinese New Year, including these:
- Long Noodles. The longer the better. They symbolise a long life
- Wontons and Dumplings. The word for wonton in Chinese carries the meaning of new beginnings. Phonetically, it also sounds like the term that describes a well-stocked grain bin, representing a wholesome new year and a good harvest. According to custom, dumplings should be eaten when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve. This is because the Chinese term for dumplings can represent that hour of midnight, also signifying a new beginning and the transition into a new year
- Dishes with eggs are also popular because they symbolize fertility. Tofu is eaten because it sounds like the words that mean good fortune for all
- Jai. This vegetarian dish is eaten because it’s part of the Buddhist culture to cleanse yourself with vegetables
- Long Leafy Greens and Long Beans. Leafy greens, such as Chinese broccoli, are served whole to wish a long life for parents
- Fish. In Chinese, Fish sounds like save more. Chinese People always like save more money at the end of year because they think if they save more, they can make more in the next year. It’s important that the fish is served with the head and tail intact to ensure a good start and finish and to avoid bad luck throughout the year
- Tangerines and Oranges. Displaying and eating these fruits is said to bring wealth and luck. The Chinese words for gold and orange sound alike, while the word for tangerine echoes luck
- Pomelo. This large citrus fruit is popular because it is thought to bring continuous prosperity and status. The tradition comes from the way the Cantonese phrase for pomelo sounds similar to the words for prosperity and status
- Nian Gao, which is a glutinous rice cake.The cakes symbolize achieving new heights in the coming year. The steamed sweets are made of glutinous rice flour, brown sugar, and oil. Some versions have white sesame seeds, red dates, or nuts in them
Finally lots of stores sell the Tray of Togetherness. Put out for visiting relatives to snack on, or given as a gift, the eight compartments of the tray are filled with things such as preserved kumquats for prosperity, coconut for togetherness, longans to bring many sons, and red melon seeds for happiness.