Sunday, December 2, 2012

Traditional Chinese New Year Food and Lucky Sayings

Foods are very important to traditional chinese people new year celebrations. All family members come together to eat at this time. Chinese New Year foods are not only delicious but it is traditional to eat certain foods over this festival. If you come to China in the time of spring festival, don't forget to taste the following food:


In China, the Fish sounds like "save more". Chinese people always like to save more money at the end of the year, because they think if they save more, they can be in the next year.

chinese new year food fish

Lucky Sayings for Eating Fish

  • 年年有余: May you always get more than you wish for
  • 鱼跃龙门: A fish leaping over the dragon gate -- have passed a competitive examination
Chinese Dumplings

Dumplings are a symbol of Chinese food, eat vegetables and the traditional Lunar New Year's Eve.Chinese dumplings look like silver ingots. Legend has it, you eat dumplings during the New Year celebration, more money, you can be in the new year. Almost all the Chinese people can make dumplings, first, second, mixing dough, make the dough into the packaging material of the rolling pin, and the third with pork, beef, vegetables, fish or any other packaging that can be used as a filler filled.

chinese new year food dumplings

Lucky Sayings Eating Dumplings

招财进宝: Bring in wealth and treasure -- felicitous wish of making money amass fortunes

Spring Rolls

The spring roll is a cylindrical disk Cantonese dim sum. The spring rolls filled vegetables and meat can be sweet or salty taste. The fillings are wrapped in spring rolls packed, the next step is fried. The spring rolls is a golden color. This is a dish, especially in Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Fujian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and other places, they get their name because they are traditionally eaten at Chinese New Year celebrations.

chinese new year food spring rolls

Lucky Sayings Eat Spring Rolls

黄金万两: One ton of gold (fried spring rolls golden color, which makes them look like gold bars, a symbol treasure)


Tang-yuan is also called Yuan-xiao in some regions. It is to be had on Yuan-xiao Festival, which is the 15th day of the 1st month in Chinese lunar calendar. Its name "Tang-yuan" in Chinese has similar pronunciation as the word for "reunion", so having this food connotes the blessing of reunion.

chinese new year food tang-yuan
Lucky Sayings Eat Spring Rolls

团团圆圆: It's blessing of family reunion. All family people get together.

Nian Gao

In Chinese, Nian Gao (glutinous rice cake) sounds like "year by year more and more high." In the eyes of the Chinese people, you are high, your company is more prosperous. The main component of the rice cake of glutinous rice, sugar, chestnuts, Chinese date and lotus leaves.

chinese new year food nian gao

Lucky Sayings Eat Rice Cakes

年年高: increasing year by year, it may mean height of children, business, study, work, etc.

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