During Chinese New Year celebrations, many dishes and ingredients are used symbolically for eating and offerings to ancestors because their names sound like good luck words and phrases.
Food offerings are a prayer. So, for instance, presenting a whole chicken (head, tail, feet, and all) to The Kitchen God is symbol of completeness. Fruit is used to represent life and new beginnings. Sugary foods sweeten the upcoming year.
Here’s a list of a few foods used to symbolize wishes and prayers during Chinese New Year celebrations: