Today, 10 February 2013 is celebrated as Chinese new year and we are entering year of the snake. Unlike the gregorian calendar, Chinese calendar is based on the cycle of the moon.

Chinese loves playing with words and symbols. Homonyms are very often used. Names of dishes and / or ingredients which are served during the new year sound similar to words and phrases which they wish. Some other food also have symbolic meaning.

From the picture above, the 8 oranges symbolise gold (also because of the colour), wealth and good fortune. 8 is always a lucky number ;-). While pineapple represents luck, as well as wealth and good fortune.

Fresh fruits mean life and new beginning. They all should be placed on a round tray, whose form represents togetherness.

So I wish you all Gong Xi Fa Chai. May your fortune rise to greater heights, your heart be filled with…

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