Chinese New Year Foods that will Bring You Good Luck in 2020

This year, the Chinese New Year will start on January 25th of 2020, and it’s going to be the Year of the Metal Rat.

The Chinese year will be lucky if you are careful to follow certain traditions. On this day, it is essential to have dinner with your family so you can enjoy the New Year together.

Turn on all the lights in the house, and open all the windows. Also, you can place some coals (for business support) and golden garlic (symbol), if not, at least regular garlic (for more opportunities in business) on a plate.

Don’t forget fireworks – very favorable, to eliminate bad luck, and to welcome auspicious energies.

For the owners of the houses with the main door opening on the south or south-east direction, it is recommended to throw a party to boost luck. The favorable hours are between 11 am – 3 pm.

Eight lucky foods to eat on Lunar New Year’s Eve of 2020

You will bring luck and prosperity in your house if you have the following dishes on the table on New Year’s Eve:

JiaoZi

JiaoZi

On the Chinese New Year, people enjoy eating Jiaozi, a type of dumplings that symbolize wealth and longevity. Most often, these dumplings have a round shape, similar to the old Japanese money.

Tray of Togetherness

Tray of Togetherness

It is a tray full of eight types of snacks. For example, pecan nuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, almonds, peach seeds, prunes, apricots, nuts, and small ingots, but also sweets. All these symbolize abundance and prosperity. You can serve the guests, or you can even gift such a platter (plate). You can also place oranges and pomelos to attract wealth and pomegranate for fertility.

Fish

No meal without fish on the Chinese New Year night! To have a good year when we can sneak our way through different problems like the fish through water, it is ideal to at least taste this food during the New Year’s party. The scales of the fish and the abundance of roe signify wealth and fortune.

Duck

It is served whole, like the fish, and it signifies a better new year.

Bird’s Nest Soup

bird nest soup with chinese herbs

A soup that symbolizes long life and prosperity, which is why it good to be among the dishes present on New Year’s Eve dinner table.

Nian Gao

Nian Gao

it is a rice dessert, very appreciated all over the world, with a tradition of over 3000 years. These small cakes, made out of sticky rice, sugar, and other ingredients, are consumed to attract prosperity.

Noodles

Those who wish to have a long life should eat noodles on New Year. This is a ritual practised by Asian people, who believe that this way, they will attract longevity. However, beware not to cut the noodles when you eat them. It’s not auspicious!

Jai or Buddha’s Delight

buddhas delight
Photo: dinneratthezoo

This vegetarian dish, which is popular in the Chinese kitchen, is present on the dinner table on New Year to bring good health in 2020.

Tips to attract luck in the house on the Chinese New Year’s Eve:

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, the place where the family gathers to eat, which is why cleanness must be maintained, both in the room and fridge.

Throw away everything old or expired, and buy new ingredients to prepare the Chinese New Year dinner. The fridge should be full of fresh food during the first 15 days of the Chinese New Year.

Activate the Center of the house – place a fruit plant (oranges or lemons), lights, a representation of water, a yellow crystal, and a metal object. All these objects signify the five elements, and in combination with the annual star 8, will only bring prosperity for the whole family living in that house.

New pictures and photo frames – this is a wonderful chance to place new family pictures taken during happy moments, but especially beautiful photo frames radiating prosperity. You can choose golden photo frames or some with the Mystic Node or Lotus symbol.

Now that you know which are the eight types of lucky dishes you should have on the Chinese New Year, it is time to prepare these holiday meals so you can start the New Year successfully.

May the Metal Rat Year of 2020 bring you prosperity and plenty of luck!

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