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4 Lucky foods to try for Chinese New Year

Jan 30, 2014 by The Go Ahead Tours Team

Traditional Chinese New Year foods.

One of the major holidays in China, Chinese New Year celebrates the arrival of the lunar new year. The happy occasion is often marked by costumes, gift-giving and, of course, plenty of food. Here, some of the symbolic foods you’ll find at a typical Chinese New Year celebration.


1. Dumplings

These comfort-food favorites are a staple at family reunions and can be found on almost every plate during the New Year. Some traditions encourage hiding a coin in one of the dumplings, granting the finder luck for the rest of the year. Learn more about dumplings to try from around the world.

Fish is symbolic during Chinese New Year.

2. Fish

Fish represents prosperity and holds a significant amount of importance in the Chinese New Year. After a fish dinner, leftovers are saved for the following morning to signify that prosperity will overflow.’

Long noodles are said to bring good luck during Chinese New Year.

3. Noodles

When it comes to noodles, longer is better. Don’t cut your noodles if you can help it—extra-long strands promise extra longevity for the eater.

Tangerines and oranges bring good fortune during Chinese New Year.

4. Tangerines and oranges

Whether they’re being displayed or eaten, oranges are thought to bring good luck. This tradition stems from the Chinese word for “orange,” which sounds like the word for “gold.”

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