Chinese people enjoy numerous holidays and festivals. What marks the difference between their holidays and those in other parts of the world is that Chinese people make exceptional food for each occasion. What’s more, each dish made during a given event symbolizes something. This tradition among the Chinese is pretty impressive. Still, most people do not understand what the different meals and snacks mean. Here are a few events and the dishes made on that day.
The Chinese New Year
Unlike the rest of the world, which celebrates the new year on the first of January, the Chinese have their own unique calendar. The New Year celebrations can also be referred to as the spring festival. The theme behind the event is good luck and wishing other people the best. The meals made during this period include the iconic year cake, dumplings and candy. The cake is used to symbolize increasing opulence, the dumplings symbolize wealth, and the candy expresses people’s wishes for wealth and sweet lives. Even the Chinese in Victoria can celebrate the events during this time.
The Lantern Festival is another favourite event for the Chinese people. On the night of the festival, people get to light lanterns then let them float in the air. The festival is held in honour of family members and the union they have. During the event, a simple meal comprising of round sticky rice balls and soup is made. The food is also used to symbolize the union between family members.
Dragon Boat Festival
This event is usually held in honour of a Chinese legend known for his patriotism. Qu Yuan was a renowned poet who drowned in a river. Legend has it that when people found out about his death, they fed rice dumplings to the fishes in the river so they would not eat him. Therefore to honour him, large rice dumplings are cooked.