Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Some must-have dishes for New Year's Eve:

-fish 魚= homonym for 'remainder' 餘, meaning it's good luck to have fortune, wealth, happiness remaining for the new year
-chicken 雞 = in Taiwanese, homonym for 'family'. A whole chicken thus symbolises the uniting/unity of a family
-green vegetables 青菜= green symbolises freshness, colour of spring, which in turn is birth and new-ness
-dumpling = their shape resemble the money used in acient times, so symbolise wealth and prosperity
-new year's sweet cake 年糕= reminds people of the proverb "步步高升": step by step going higher (progress) in the new year

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