Lunar New Year and Fish
Lunar New Year and Fish are intertwined as an important specialty in China. The Lunar New Year occurs on the first day of the Lunar calendar and the next new year will occur on February 12th, 2021. Eating fish is considered good luck since the Chinese word for “fish” (鱼 Yú /yoo) sounds like the word for “extra” (余 Yú /yoo). It is good fortune to have extra at the end of the year as this means you are taking this surplus into the following year. It is also thought that consuming fish will allow you to have “extra” prospects such as wealth, health, love and family, in the next year.
The Lunar New Year dinner is one of merriment and laughter and fish has a huge impact on bringing luck to this holiday and into the new year.
Fish has a cultural relevance in many different cultural celebrations around the world. What role does fish have in your celebrations? Let us know in the comments.