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Lucky Chinese New Year Oranges

By on February 11, 2013 in Malaysia

I’ve been eating lucky Chinese New Year oranges….


Lucky Chinese New Year Oranges

Apparently, according to 10 Good Luck Foods for Chinese New Year:

“Displaying and eating these fruits is said to bring wealth and luck. According to the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, the tradition stems from the way the Chinese words for gold and orange sound alike, while the word for tangerine echoes luck. “It’s good if they have leaves,” adds Lum, ‘because leaves symbolize longevity.’ But don’t group them in fours, because, Dunlop says, this number is associated with death.”

However, I am slightly more intrigued by this in the ‘Festivities’ section of Wikipedia for the fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year celebrations:

“In Malaysia and Singapore, this day is celebrated by individuals seeking for a love partner, a different version of Valentine’s Day. Normally, single women would write their contact number on mandarin oranges and throw it in a river or a lake while single men would collect them and eat the oranges. The taste is an indication of their possible love: sweet represents a good fate while sour represents a bad fate.”

Makes you wonder….

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