Traditional Chinese Spring Festival Food
Fish (Braised Pomfret, Tangba Town's Stir-fried Fish, Steamed Perch))(鱼yú)
Fish, usually of a local variety, is an important item on the dinning table of thousands of families on the eve of the Spring Festival. Fish is pronounced 'yu' in Chinese, with the implications of having more than just a basic need each year. It is also a present exchanged between relatives and friends during the Chinese New Year. In southern China, some people just eat the middle part of the fish on the New Year Eve, leaving the head and tail to the next day to symbolize completeness. Meanwhile, it is particularly important that when fish is placed on the dining table, its head must be at the elders, as a sign of respect.