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Dragon Food

January 23, 2012

Happy Year of the Dragon--take a gander at these traditional foods, typical of those eaten during the two week Chinese New Year festivities

 Dumplings: Symbolize wealth because they look like ancient Chinese money.

  Rice dumplings: Represent “reunion” because of their round shape.

  Mandarins: Symbolize abundant happiness.

  Lettuce: Symbolizes fulfilment of wealth.

  Fish: Represents “having enough to spare” throughout the year.

  Whole chicken: Implies good luck for the whole family.

  Melon seeds: Implies receiving money.

  Fried sesame balls: Implies good luck for the whole family.

  Deep-fried pastry with sesame seeds: Implies “happy life” for the whole family.

  Rice/turnip cakes: Symbolizes achieving new heights in the coming year.

Via The Star Image via Draconika

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