On the 21st of January, the Year of the Rabbit will come to a close, and on the 22 of January, the Year of the Water Rabbit will commence.
A holiday (the most important one in China in the entire year) of great significance, which you deserve to thoroughly enjoy, even if you live thousands of kilometers away.
The Chinese people celebrate the Chinese New Year in high style so that the next 364 days of the year will be filled with luck, happiness, and money.
The dinner served among family during Lunar New Year 2023 must contain pork, chicken, or duck. Also, there should be a sweet dessert on the table at all times.
In addition to that, fruits have to be on the table on this holiday, in order to attract luck and wellbeing. The custom of having lucky fruits on the table on Chinese New Year has been a part of Chinese and Filipino traditions, from the beginning of time.
Kumquat Fruits – For a Year Without Illness
Kumquats are one of the smallest citrus fruits, very tasty and with an aromatic scent.
They are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C and have plenty of health benefits. Also, having these fruits on the New Year’s table is a good omen, as they are believed to bring luck and good health.
Oranges and Tangerines – Bring Luck and Happiness
Oranges are one of the most recognized symbols of the Chinese New Year and represent luck.
During the two-week holiday, these fruits are present everywhere and are usual gifts between friends. It is said that you have to offer them with both of your hands and to not give up even if the giftee refuses the gift the first time around.
Pomegranates – Represent Longevity and Prosperity
Pomegranates, on the other hand, are valued for their numerous seeds which speak about fertility, but also due to their red color which wards of evil spirits.
Cantaloup – Symbolizes Family Reunion
Cantaloupes or yellow melons symbolize family and the fact that it will remain united over the coming year.
Apples – Attract Peace and Safety
The apples offered as gifts to family and friends during Chinese New Year, attract well-being. In addition to that, those who eat apples on this fateful night will have a quiet life full of peace and harmony.
Pineapple – For Better Health
The word “Pineapple” or “Ong lai” means there will be high chances of winning in the coming year.
On Chinese New Year, people can add pineapple to a whole bunch of foods, and a whole pineapple sitting on the table guarantees a good year in all areas of life.
Grapes – For a Prosperous Year
The tradition entails that you should eat 12 grape beans at midnight. In a habit that dates back to the 1880s, it is presumed that if you manage to eat the 12 grape beans (one for each month of the year) before the clock hits 12:01, you will have luck in the New Year.
In some parts, people hang bunches of grapes on doors and windows.
Mango – The Fruit of Happiness
The mango fruit is considered to be a bringer of luck in the religions of South-East Asia and we find rituals related to Buddhism as well as Hinduism. It is a fruit that cannot be missing from the Lunar New Year’s table.
To wrap it all up, it is said that if you have fruits like mango, grapes, pineapple, apples, cantaloupe, pomegranates, oranges, and kumquat on your New Year’s table, in the Year of the Water Rabbit 2023, you will be blessed with luck, your health will be strong and revitalized, and on the financial side things will be the best they can be.