If scrumptious sweets unveil a New Year in India, China too has a rich culture that boasts eating some particular food during New Year. These foods that the Chinese try to keep in the menu during the beginning of the year are believed to bestow luck and prosperity. If wine is in case of the West, for China its good food that denotes the beginning of a new year.
This year, the Chinese New year dates on 8th February. Head to any luxury Chinese eatery like Yauatcha or Ginseng around you and the charm and color of their celebration to welcome the New Year will surely touch you.
When participating in the Chinese New Year, here are the food items that will make it an improved beginning.
Tangerines & Oranges
The Chinese terms for orange and gold are rhythmic. Thus, during New Year celebrations consumption of oranges is considered a symbol of prospective year ahead. Many also eat tangerine during this time as it’s the Chinese work for good luck. So start the Chinese New Year with these fruits for an eventful year ahead.
Tray of Togetherness
Relatives and friends exchange this tray full of candies, dry fruits, sweetmeats and tucks during Chinese New Year. This is a way of showing love for the dear ones and sharing the goodies of the tray adds warmth to relationships. Usually Chinese trays have eight compartments i.e., eight kinds of tucks are added mainly because eight symbolizes good luck in Chinese custom.
No Chinese meal is complete without a portion of delicious noodles. During New Year, long noodles are served in the meal as it signifies long life for the person. Recipes of preparing these noodles differ from one another.
The Chinese term ‘Nian Gao’ literally means higher year. It’s a New Year sweet dessert that marks the promise of a good year. This is offered in religious ceremonies and is now an important item in the Chinese Spring Festival food.
Jai is a vegetarian main course that Chinese usually include in their New Year feast. The belief according to Buddhist culture is, Jai cleanses your body for a new start. The ingredients used to prepare Jai have individual significances like sea moss for prosperity, lotus seeds for birth of sons in the dynasty, noodles for longevity and so on.
On the occasion of New Year, Chinese also keep a whole fish as part of their meal. The fish is served with the head and tail in one piece and this marks abundance in life. The Chinese word for fish sounds like abundance in their language.