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10 Chinese New Year Food Superstitions

Chinese New Year food
Yusheng is a popular dish to served during Chinese New Year. It is a Cantonese-style raw fish salad mixed with colorful shredded vegetables and pickles served with variety of sauces, nuts and herbs. Yusheng is a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vitality. twomeows/Getty Images

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Beyond its obvious association with renewal and new beginnings, Chinese New Year is made up of a rich fabric of symbols, traditions and superstitions designed to influence the future. With a cultural heritage that spans more than 5,000 years, it's a 15-day celebration filled with subtle nuances and relationships, many of them involving food [source: Chang].

Think of your dreams for the New Year, not just about your list of resolutions, but about what you hope fate has in store for you. Now imagine a set of observances that will help give fate a push in the right direction. Many Chinese New Year traditions are about sending the cosmos a message using common objects to represent ideas. This is where food fits so perfectly into the pattern. Food is about sustenance, abundance, home, health, wealth, family, sharing and preparing for the future. These are all positive things that fit well with common New Year's hopes and wishes.

In Chinese tradition, by observing practices that are part faith, part folklore and part custom, you can encourage happiness and wealth into your life.

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