The Web site, China Highlights (chinahighlights.com) lists “7 Lucky Foods to Eat during Chinese New Year.” They are: fish (for an increase in prosperity), dumplings (for wealth), spring rolls (also for wealth), sweet rice balls (for family togetherness), good fortune fruit (for fullness and wealth), glutinous rice cakes (for a higher income or an increase in position) and longevity noodles (for happiness and longevity).
There are many New Year’s Day taboos, as listed by the same Web site, and most are non-food related. However, porridge is not allowed to be eaten during the holiday, as it symbolizes poverty because poor people eat porridge. Also, meat should not be eaten for breakfast to show respect to the Buddhist gods who are against the killing of animals.
Happy New Year to all who are celebrating this weekend. May it be a year of good health and prosperity for all!