Good Luck Here are Auspicious Foods – There are many to enjoy!
Our team is enjoying learning, eating lucky foods, and we are having a Tea Party to celebrate Lunar New Year. We build our social skills and understanding of many cultures by celebrating our diverse work group.
- Tangerines Mandarin oranges (AKA “cuties”) are said to bring wealth and good luck. That’s because the Chinese word for orange and gold sound similar, while the word for tangerine also sounds like the Chinese word for luck.
- Long Noodles The longer the noodle, the longer the life span, or so the belief goes.
- Tray Of Togetherness During the holidays, it’s customary to both receive guests and pay visits to friends and families. The Tray of Togertherness is filled with snacks like
- Candied fruit melons (growth and health)
- Dried coconut (friendship and unity)
- Kumquats (gold and prosperity)
- Lotus seeds (fertility)
- Longan (‘many sons’)
- Guests will munch on these throughout their stay. The tray should have eight compartments, the Chinese number for good luck.
- Nian Gao Made of glutinous rice flour, the sweet dessert is supposed to help the eater climb the social ladder as the Chinese word nian gao is a homonym for “higher year.”
- Pomelo In Cantonese, the word pomelo sounds like the words ‘to have’ and means ‘continuous prosperity.’
- Whole Fish The key to this dish is to serve the fish whole with head and tail intact to represent a good beginning and a good end for the coming year. Serving fish this way is also supposed to symbolize wealth, as the Chinese word for fish, ‘yu,’ sounds like the word for abundance.
- Jiaozi While you don’t really need an excuse to tuck into a plate of Chinese dumplings, this dish is particularly traditional for the lunar New Year as the shape of the dumplings are said to resemble old ingot-shaped coins or yuanbao. As such, the dumplings are meant to bring eaters prosperity and wealth. It’s tradition to eat them at midnight on New Year’s eve, and hide a clean coin inside one of the dumplings.
- Dried Oysters The Cantonese word for dried oysters sounds similar to good business.
- Lion’s Head Meatballs A dish made of giant meatballs, wrapped in a mane of steamed cabbage, these lion head meatballs are said to represent power, strength and family unity
- Lettuce Wraps In Cantonese, the word for lettuce sounds like rising fortune, which makes lettuce-wrapped foods popular at this time of year.
Events like this spur our creativity, help us come to know each other and create bonds that make our work environment happier. What can you do with your team?