Chinese New Year : Day Eight


We are on Day 8 of Chinese New Year !! The Abundance and harmony number. Symbols of luck and wealth are displayed. A bowl of fresh fruit on your dining-room table has long been an a symbol of abundance

Tangerines, Oranges, Pomelos: Tangerines and oranges are frequently displayed in homes and stores. Tangerines are symbolic of good luck, and oranges are symbolic of wealth. These symbols have developed through a language pun, the word for tangerine having the same sound as “luck” in Chinese, and the word for orange having the same sound as “wealth”. Pomelos are large pear-shaped grapefruits.

Pomelos

Tray of Togetherness: Many families keep a tray full of dried fruits, sweets, and candies to welcome guests and relatives who drop by. This tray is called a chuen-hop, or “tray of togetherness”. Traditionally, it was made up of eight compartments, each of which was filled with a special food item of significance to the New Year season.

We are getting closer to the end of Chinese New Year. February 10th  is the full moon, and the celebration. Visit your local Chinatown, and pick up some red lanterns.

Enjoy your time with friends and family, eat good food, and create some memories this weekend.

 

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