Lunar New Year | 農曆新年
Lunar New Year | 農曆新年
The Lunar New Year is a important festival for the Chinese around the world. It is also a period of feasting and here are some of the festive snacks enjoyed in Singapore or the Southeast Asia.

From Come Let's Eat :
Carrots:
鸿运当头 (Hong Yun Dang Tou) meaning “Good luck is approaching"
 
Green Radish:
青春常驻 (Qing Chun Chang Zhu) meaning “Everlasting Youth“
 
White Radish:
风生水起 (Feng Sheng Shui Qi) meaning “Quick progression”
 
Pepper / Cinnamon Powder:
招财进宝 (Zhao Cai Jin Bao) meaning “Attract wealth and treasures”
 
Five-Spice Powder:
五福临门 (Wu Fu Lin Men) meaning "To attract luck to your doorstep"
 
Sesame Oil:
财源广进 (Cai Yuan Guang Jin) meaning "to attract many sources of wealth" 
 
Pomelo or Lime:
大吉大利 (Da Ji Da Li) meaning “Good luck and smooth sailing”
 
Fish:
年年有余 (Nian Nian You Yu) meaning “Abundance through the year”
 
Sesame Seeds:
生意兴隆/大小平安 (Sheng Yi Xing Long/Da Xiao Ping An) meaning “Prosperity for the business”/ "Peace for all ages"
 
Plum Sauce:
甜甜蜜蜜 (Tian Tian Mi Mi) meaning “May sweetness enter your life”
 
Fried Crisps:
满地黄金/金银满屋 (Man Di Huang Jin) / (Jin Yin Man Wu) meaning “Floor full of gold” / “Household filled with gold and silver”
Food Symbolism
There are various reasons why certain items are being served during Lunar New Year. Here are some of them:
In the above nine items are some of the food presented in the Tray of Togetherness (攢盒 or chun he), a normally octagonal shaped box with compartments.
 
Candied Lotus Root : Represents abundance year after year.
Candied Lotus Seeds : Represents fertility. Normally seeds represents fertility and having many offsprings.
Candied Coconut : Represents togetherness.
Candied Winter Melon : Represents growth and good health.
Candied Carrots : Good luck (red colour)
Red Melon Seeds : Lucky colour, and represents fertility and happiness.
Black Melon Seeds : Represents fertility like the red melon seeds.
 
Sources : thehongkongcookery.com , www.nationsonline.org, www.travelchannel.com, baike.baidu
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