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The colours and food of Chinese New Year

The colours and food of Chinese New Year

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Or “wishing you a prosperous new year”. Today we enter the year of the Fire Monkey, a year according to traditional Chinese astrology, associated with a time of accomplishments, exuberance and progress.

Celebrating the new lunar year – Colour

Colour holds great meaning in traditional Chinese culture. Red is said to be the colour of good fortune and joy. During this new year season red envelopes, usually filled with varying amounts of money, will be given to family members and friends to wish them good luck.

People will dress in predominately reds and yellows, red being a highly auspicious colour and yellow representing wealth and joy.

Fireworks in front of the Sydney Opera House as it glows red as part of celebrations for the upcoming Lunar New Year of the Monkey in Australia. REUTERS/David Gray

Fireworks in front of the Sydney Opera House as it glows red as part of celebrations for the upcoming Lunar New Year of the Monkey in Australia. REUTERS/David Gray

 

Celebrating the new lunar year – Food

The role of colour in traditional feasts is important too with cooks using ingredients such as orange segments, red chilli, fried tofu, spring rolls and sweet corn – all in orange and golden colours that symbolise wealth, gold and luck. Among other delicious and meaningful dishes families will also incorporate green dishes such as green vegetables, symbolising harmony and togetherness.

The attributes of food ingredients hold particular meaning and play a significant part in setting positive intentions for the year to come. People often celebrate the New Year with their family at large feasts, they will typically eat uncut noodles symbolising longevity, roast duck symbolising fertility, golden coloured egg rolls symbolising wealth, lychee denoting close family ties, prawns that stand for liveliness, water chestnuts for unity and walnuts that represent happiness for the family.

For those who celebrate the lunar new year, this time is one imbued with meaning and hope.

People pose for photos next to a Monkey God lantern during the River Hongbao Lunar New Year celebrations at the Marina Bay floating platform in Singapore. REUTERS/Edgar Su

People pose for photos next to a Monkey God lantern during the River Hongbao Lunar New Year celebrations at the Marina Bay floating platform in Singapore. REUTERS/Edgar Su

 

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