The Chinese New year is the biggest traditional festival in East Asia. Among the various activities that take place during the festival, reunion dinner is the most important one which many families hold dear.
Did you know? The number of ethnic Chinese within China alone, who travel over the Chinese New Year period, are in the hundreds of millions, making it the world’s largest annual human migration.
Here is why the Chinese New Year reunion dinner is so important:
Just like how all of us have a Christmas and New Year’s family dinner, the Chinese New year is also a time for families to come together and feast on some authentic Chinese delicacies that are specially made during the festival.
The New Year’s Eve Feast is a mandatory custom and an age-old tradition where families come together to feast on authentic delicacies. The reunion dinner also symbolises a good start to the new year while also bonding the family.
The New Year’s Eve dinner is quite a sumptuous fare and includes traditional dishes on the menu, such as dumplings, chicken, and pork.
Fish (yú) is also one of the main dishes eaten on the new year’s eve which is also stored overnight as the homophone for fish is YU which means prosperity, abundance or profit, and to feel blessed for the rest of the year.
During this dinner, the whole family will sit around the table and enjoy the food, chatting with each other. Since most of them stay far away in different places, this is the only time when they can get together to be with their family.
Because of the number of travellers during this season, travel fares leading up to the Chinese New Year shoot up due to the demand from people from across the world who are making their way back to their hometowns.
The reunion dinner time is also a time when the family members pray to the God to bestow good health, wealth, and prosperity while also exchanging gifts.
Other festive specials include steamed fish (representing an abundant year), lettuce (representing vigorous), shallot (representing wisdom), celery (representing diligence), chicken, and duck.
Many people who can’t make it to their hometowns go to restaurants with their extended families or friends to restaurants that offer a Chinese New year traditional feast.
If you want to be a part of the festivities join us in celebrating the Chinese New year and participate in the cooking contest that will fetch you a grand prize and weekly prize to dine at authentic Asian restaurants in Australia. Click here for more details.
Find your nearest Asian Store