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Traditional food for Chinese holidays and celebrations [Copy link] 中文

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Food is very important to Chinese people: a standard way of greeting each other in Chinese is to ask if one has eaten yet. Many of the traditional Chinese holidays and celebrations are associated with eating particular foods and dishes.

The foods were often chosen for their symbolism, or for their luxury status, or for their actual role in historical events, or simply because they just taste really good. Chinese people believe eating good food helps to promote harmony and closeness between family and friends. Without these foods, Chinese holidays and celebrations just would not be the same.

What better way can one celebrate but by enjoying rich and colorful occasions with special tasty dishes. So, what are the foods for these joyful occasions? Have a look!

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Chinese New Year: this 15-day long holiday is the most important in the Chinese calendar. And of the 15 days of celebration, the family dinner on New Year's Eve is the most important point. Usually people try to serve the best foods they can possibly afford during this time.

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Jiaozi: also known as Chinese style dumplings

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By including meat and requiring a good deal of time to make, jiaozi was too impractical and luxurious for most people in Ancient China to have except for the New Year's Eve feast. Also the shape of jiaozi resembles a type of gold ingot. Jiaozi is more common in Northern China. It is more standard to boil jiaozi, but if you pan-fry them, they become potstickers.

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And jiaozi is not the same as wonton.

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Whole Fish

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The word for fish (yu) sounds like the word for "abundance" or "surplus." Serving fish helps to ensure that one will not lack anything in the coming year. It is also important that the fish remain whole to symbolize "togetherness."

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