Chinese New Year Checklist

We are only 3 days away from Chinese New Year. Traditionally, rare ingredients and lucky food are consumed during the celebratory CNY period signifying a fresh start to a new year and paving the way for a smooth year with auspicious traditions (and superstitions) such as spring cleaning, reunion dinner, wearing red, giving away hong baos.

Have you completed your CNY to-do list? In case you are wondering if you’ve missed out anything, here’s ours for your reference.

  1. Noodles = Longevity, long life
  2. Pineapples (Pineapple Tarts)  = Arrival of prosperity
  3. Mandarin Oranges = Sounds like “gold” thus, symbolises wealth
  4. Sweet cakes (Nian Gao 年糕)= Better/higher achievements
  5. Whole fish with head & tail = Abundance, and completion of projects/tasks with “head” and “tail”
  6. Dumplings = Resembles gold ingots thus, symbolises wealth
  7. Dried Oysters = Prosperous business
  8. Abalone = Good fortune
  9. Black moss = Getting wealthy
  10. Glass noodles/Chinese vermicelli = silver chains
  11. Black fungus = Longevity
  12. Prawns = Laughters and happiness
  13. Turnip cake = Luck
  14. Meatballs (a.k.a ngor hiang) = Family reunion
  15. Chicken = Togetherness
  16. Duck = Fertility
  17. Mixed vegetables = Family harmony
  18. Onions = Cleverness
  19. Sweets = Good fortune, sweetness in the new year
  20. Rice = Fertility and abundance in wealth
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