The Fascinating Symbolism Behind Chinese Lunar New Year Dishes

Lunar New Year preparations are as personalized as the families celebrating them across various countries in Asia, with regional and individual preferences making each one slightly different. Nonetheless, there are certain commonalities that are eagerly anticipated favourites on Chinese Lunar New Year tables, prized for both their flavours and the meaning imbued in each dish. This symbolism can come from a pun or wordplay around the sound of the name (for example, the number eight is favoured due to the association between its name, baht, and prosperity), or from its shape or colour. Read on for the stories and symbols around some of the most popular and delicious dishes enjoyed at Chinese Lunar New Year.

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