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5 Reasons Why Should You Eat Longevity Noodles During Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is celebrated with great joy and grandeur. It is the longest and most important celebration amongst the Chinese throughout the world. The New Year witnesses rich Chinese traditions, customs, myths, culture, and celebrations that last for almost a fortnight. Undoubtedly, food plays a significant role during this extravagant season. So make this longevity noodles for Chinese new year, cook, snap and share a picture with us to win a foodie fantasy for four! Enter the Contest.

Here are 5 Reasons Why Should You Eat Longevity Noodles During Chinese New Year:

Longevity noodles (Mian Tiao)

why do we eat longevity noodles during chinese new year

1. Mian Tiao means Noodles

The Chinese phrase mian tiao means noodles. During the Chinese New Year, it is tradition to eat noodles as they are considered to bring long life in Chinese culture.

2. Noodles Symbolise a Long life

Since noodles are quite long and lengthy they are known to symbolise a  life with great health, long life. It is believed that eating noodles will bless them with a long lasting life ahead.

3. Never cut the strands of the noodles

You think that’s quite a challenge to eat noodles? You’re forbidden to cut the noodles as it is regarded unlucky and is considered as an omen which is equivalent to cutting one’s life.

4. Family time with Noodles

Noodles dishes are extremely delicious and is great to have it with families. During the fortnight-long celebrations, long noodles are consumed by young and old in all corners of China.

5. Longevity noodles is also a part of Chinese birthdays

Its consumption is not just limited to the commemoration of the New Year. Longevity noodles form a large part of Chinese birthday celebrations, just as a birthday cake with lit candles is in other parts of the world. It is believed to bring a long, happy and healthy life when eaten on birthdays. Hence, children and the old consume a bowl of delicious longevity noodles while marking their birth every year.

Aren’t these reasons enough for you to dig into a delicious bowl of noodles?

Don’t forget to check out our 5 Quick and Easy Thai Noodle Recipes For The Weekend  and some Signature Japanese Noodles for summer.

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