Celebrating Chinese New Year - Tray of Happiness

by Tricia Morrissey, Dec 27, 2005 | Destinations: China / Beijing

A tray full of happiness sits by the door, ready to share with visitors. Sweet dried fruits like candied melon, lychee nuts, kumquats, longan and coconut sit beside salty, dyed red melon seeds, lotus seeds and peanuts. Each food represents something to hope for in the new year: good health, a strong family, prosperity, being together, happiness, many babies, good children and a long life.

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New Year's Traditions
Flowers & Plants
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Tray of Happiness
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