For starters, if you're planning a massive Chinese feast to celebrate, Hom suggests that you include these symbolic ingredients:
- Chicken for fortune
- Fish for prosperity
- Noodles for longevity (never cut noodles)
- Duck is a symbol of fidelity
- Vegetables represent cleansing of the system
- Wontons represent gold ingots (wealth)
- Seaweed for wealth
Chinese New Year traditions and superstitions
- Firecrackers send out the old year and bring in the new.
- Open windows and doors at midnight (to allow the old year to depart) are crucial.
- On the eve of Chinese New Year, all cleaning equipment should be put away as it's feared sweeping or dusting will sweep out good fortune.
- All debts have to be paid by this time. Nothing should be lent on this day, as anyone who does so will be lending all the year.
- If you cry on New Year's Day, you will cry all through the year. Therefore, children are tolerated and are not spanked, even when they're naughty.
- On New Year's Day, hair washing risks removing good luck for the year ahead.
- A home is thought to be lucky if a plant blooms on New Year's Day, as this foretells the start of a prosperous year.
- It is considered unlucky to greet anyone in their bedroom so that is why everyone, even the sick, should get dressed and sit in the living room.
- Do not use knives or scissors as this may cut off fortune.
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