According to the Chinese calendar, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. Chinese New Year Day is on Tuesday, February 1.
The Chinese New Year not only means the start of a new year but a chance for a family reunion. It is important that all members of a family welcome the first day of the new year together. According to a Chinese proverb: “A good start is half of success.”
Due to the large number of Chinese people living in countries such as Australia, Canada, or the United States, the Chinese New Year is celebrated with great pomp all over the world.
It is an official holiday only for the Asian people, but all those who love Chinese food, the traditions and superstitions of these people also follow the customs observed for this event to enjoy abundance, health, wealth, and prosperity in the new year.
On Chinese New Year’s Eve, in order to bring luck, prosperity, and happiness, we must decorate the dinner table with auspicious fruits and vegetables.
One of the most important auspicious objects that will be placed on the table is the prosperity/abundance bowl. It is good to add the following foods to the prosperity bowl: pineapple, rice, onion, taro, ginger, garlic, mandarin, and also you can place rolled money bills or gold coins.
These 8 Kinds of Food Are So Auspicious to Serve and Eat During the Reunion Dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve, February 1st
1. Tangyuan – Sticky Rice
This dessert refers to sweet rice balls or a rice cake and is one of the most important foods as this symbolizes family togetherness and cohesiveness.
This dessert refers to sweet rice balls or a rice cake.
The dish can be simple or stuffed and is traditionally served on Chinese New Year and any other important holiday or family reunion. The round shape of this dessert represents the cohesion of the family, unity and has an essential role in the menu on New Year’s Eve.
2. Long Life Noodles – as Eating This Brings Good Health and Longevity, Especially to the Patriarch
The famous rice noodles are not missing from the Chinese tables on holidays because they symbolize long life. However, it is said that they must be served in long pieces and must not be broken or cut in any way.
3. Prawns or Shrimps Can Bring a Life Full of Laughter and Happiness.
Dishes containing shrimp are very popular on Chinese New Year’s Eve. These foods are considered to bring happiness and a good mood.
4. Good Fortune Fruits — Fullness and Wealth
Orange, mandarin, tangerine, kumquat, pomelo – represents gold and good fortune. These fruits from the citrus family will bring income, happiness, and an easy and continuous flow of wealth.
5. There Should Be Also Some Mixed Veggies Dish on the Table;
- corn symbolizes growth
- lotus, seeds, or roots or fruits- symbolizes full wallet and many male offsprings
- black fungus mushrooms- longevity
- golden lily buds( golden needles)brings wealth
- cashew nuts or peanuts- attracts wealth
- pak choi or napa cabbage – 100 types of prosperity luck
6. Spring Rolls — Wealth
The Chinese New Year is also called the “Spring Festival”, so it is not surprising that Asians prefer to prepare a light and fresh food: spring packages.
Extremely tempting and very tasty, these culinary delights prepared with pork, tofu or shrimp can be served with soy sauce or spicy Thai sauces.
7. Fish dish – For Abundance
Synonymous with abundance, fish is one of the foods that complete the Chinese New Year’s menu. It is said that it is good to cook a whole fish for this holiday, but not to serve it on the same day, but to keep it for the next day because the abundance will be kept for the future.
8. Sweet desserts – Round Dumplings, Weet Rice Balls
It is said that those who eat rice dumplings on New Year’s Eve will enjoy prosperity all year round.
Also tonight people eat jiaozi, a kind of dumplings that symbolize wealth and longevity. Often these dumplings have the shape of circles to resemble the old Chinese money.
It is believed that eating Chicken on new years eve and first day of the Chinese New Year will bring extremely bad luck and create a lot of negative karma.
For the Chinese, each food has meanings and there are specific food taboos for the current year. Avoid chicken, duck, turkey, goose, quail, or pigeon during these two days.
In conclusion, on Chinese New Year’s Eve 2022 it is good to be careful what we eat because our luck depends on it. Enjoy these delicious dishes and a Happy Year of the Tiger!