Good luck foods for the Chinese New Year

Serve coin-shaped foods for prosperity, and noodles for longevity.

Photo by: YAKIR LEVY
The Chinese New Year is marked by a large banquet bringing together the entire family. The foods eaten are specific to each quality of hope for a prosperous year filled with good fortune.

Accordingly, in the book Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats by Nina Simonds and Leslie Swartz, the authors write that fried spring rolls symbolize gold bricks, vegetables are cut into the shape of coins, citrus fruits are eaten for good luck and fish is served to symbolize bounty.

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