The Lunar New Year, more commonly celebrated by those of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and other Asian cultures, occurs some time between late January and mid-February to mark the end of winter. On the actual day itself, people travel near and far to visit close relatives and friends. Did you know that during Lunar New Year, a large number of superstitions exist? In fact, many people believe that certain foods are considered to be lucky, hoping that certain meals will encourage prosperity and health throughout the new year.
The Lunar New Year is said to be the most important holiday of the year to those who celebrate it, so why not prepare some of the most festive and traditional dishes to help kick-off it off?
SIX FOODS TO CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY
Feeling hungry for a little snack? Chinese tea eggs are commonly made as a light snack during the Lunar New Year. The marbled tea eggs signify prosperity in the approaching year. Simply crack a boiled egg and boil it again in tea, sauce, or spices.
Dumplings are also a popular dish to celebrate the new year with (especially if you’re in need of a little extra cash). Be sure to eat a lot of these delicious dumplings in order to make a lot of money in the new year.
What are some of your wishes for the new year? Longevity noodles are likely to be found on almost every dinner table during Lunar New Year. Eaten all year round, these noodles carry special meaning with them. Legend has it that the longer the noodle, the longer the wish for healthy life!
Cantonese steamed fish is a must have at every table. Typically served during New Year’s Eve, fish symbolizes a wish for abundance in the approaching year. Usually, the fish is served whole.
Tangerines in Chinese sounds similar to the word "luck" and orange sounds like the Chinese word for "wealth". Through the play of words, the Chinese is associating the gift of orange and tangerine as having an abundance of happiness and prosperity.
Craving a simple and healthy meal? Lettuce wraps are also a commonly served dish. Lettuce wraps represent rising fortune and can be filled with even luckier foods inside.
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