The Chinese New Year is rich in traditions – from cleaning and decorating homes to spending time celebrating with friends and family.
Food plays a central role in Chinese New Year traditions with certain dishes eaten during the 16-day festival because of their symbolic meaning. Menus are written to include lucky food to bring good luck for the year ahead.
Part of the traditions include the breaking and eating of Chinese fortune cookie. A crisp, wafer thin biscuit made with vanilla and sesame seed oil, each cookie contains a fortune. The fortune is often a prophecy of what the year ahead may involve. Many fortune cookies also include a Chinese saying or a list of lucky numbers – perfect for picking lottery numbers!