Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in Hong Kong and most of Asia. Lasting for 15 days, it’s the time of year to visit family and friends, clean the house, tie up any loose ends and start fresh. Flowers, lucky plants, lanterns and auspicious red couplets decorate the house. It certainly is the most festive and happy time of year.
The Candy Box, also known as the “Box of Harmony” plays a significant role in the celebration process. A variety of snacks like nuts, seeds, candy and dried fruits are displayed in the box. When friends and family visit, you offer them the candy box along with your blessings. The fun part is that each snack has a hidden meaning. So the treat chosen will be the blessing desired for the year. I usually just pick whatever tastes good without much thought, but have you ever wondered what each of the special treats symbolize?
Two Tangerines (on top of candy box): Extra Blessings
Candy: Money and Sweetness of Life
Lotus Root: Strong Family Ties
Lotus Seeds: Fertility
Cracked Sesame Balls: Laughter
Dried Pineapple: Success, Wealth, Luck
Water Chestnut: Unity
Gold Chocolate Coins: Good Fortune
Coconuts: Friendship and “Father Son” Unity
Longan: Happiness and “Many Good Sons”
Candied Melon: Growth and Health
Red Melon Seeds: Happiness, Joy, Honesty, and Sincerity
Watermelon Seeds: Fertility
Mandarin Oranges: Wealth
Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!