Chinese love fruits, we prefer fresh fruits, big and beautiful is ideal. Fresh fruit at the New Year symbolizes life and a new beginning.
Sugared ones are a wish for a sweet year. Traditionally, oranges and mandarins or what we call the tangerine or clementine, as well as limes, bananas, pineapple, and water or winter melon are seen as good wish offerings.
Oranges and Tangerines: Tangerines and oranges are frequently displayed in homes and stores daily and especially during holidays and new years. Orange and Tangerines are symbolic of good luck, and oranges are symbolic of wealth and prosperity. These Chinese New Year symbols have developed through a language pun, the word for tangerine having the same sound as "luck" in Chinese, and the word for orange having the same sound as "wealth".
Maybe you can go buy an orange or two for when you are in the grocery store and see if that bring you luck and wealth.
Read other Chinese or Asian related fun facts and blogs here:
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- Do you believe in Lucky Fruit? 鳳梨
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