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Lunar New Year celebrations are steeped in plenty of food traditions and superstitions. On the eve of Chinese New Year's Day, families gather for an annual "reunion dinner" that typically includes dumplings, which symbolize prosperity, and a whole fish, which is not eaten completely to represent abundance. Guests are served a tray of sweet and savory snacks, usually eight since it is considered a lucky number, to bring wealth, luck and good health in the new year. The prominent use of the color red, seen on money envelopes and decorations, stems from its legendary ability to ward away the mythical half-dragon, half-lion beast called "Nian".
This year, the Year of the Horse begins on January 31. We're celebrating Lunar New Year's tasty traditions with five of our favorite things for the food-filled festivities. Sweep out stale style with our stylish picks for entertaining, and watch the good fortune come in!
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year!
Check out the slideshow above to discover our five favorite things for celebrating the Chinese New Year.