How 8 Chinese New Year Foods Became Symbols Of Prosperity

It's time to be well-versed with the auspicious meanings of the season

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Food for thought?

The best way to leave your relatives beaming with pride at your next Chinese New Year gathering, is to actually know the auspicious meanings behind the various festive foods.

Whether it's crunchy egg rolls or a full-fledged feast in the form of a pen cai, these items are backed by rich cultural traditions that have bestowed them with lucky symbolisms.

Eat your fill and luck out!

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8. Egg rolls for fertility

While crisp and tasty egg rolls, also known as love letters, are a perennial favourite among both adults and children, few know what it symbolises. As eggs represent fertility as well as mortality, they’re usually given out in the form of red eggs for a child’s first month celebration. In the same vein, egg rolls are an auspicious snack, believed to bring wealth and fertility.





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