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Food for Chinese New Year

The date of Chinese New Year is different from the regular New Year’s date because the Chinese follow a different calendar, which is based on the phases of the moon. Each New Year in Chinese culture is represented by a particular animal that symbolizes certain qualities of those who are born in that year.

With Chinese New Year comes wonderful traditions, my favorite of course is the food! When I was young we would hold our celebration at my Chinese grandparent’s house on New Year’s Eve. I remember the red ornamental décor. There were good luck symbols above the doors and other Chinese characters hung around the house. My fondest memory was the wonderful smell of food that would come streaming out of my grandmother’s kitchen! She would make several dishes from sweet and sour shrimp to dumplings. Family members would come over with even more food. There would be noodles, fish, chicken, and many uniquely traditional dishes.

All of this wonderful food is meant to symbolize happiness, wealth, and prosperity for the New Year. Below is a list of the most popular Chinese dishes that are served during the New Year and what they symbolize. Choose a few to serve at your own Chinese new year’s party and enjoy!

Main Dishes


Snacks and Appetizers

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