Tangerines and Oranges 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 tangerine1 echoes luck. "It's good if they have leaves，" adds Lum， " leaves symbolize2 longevity3." But don't group them in fours， ， Dunlop says， this number is associated with death.
Long NoodlesIf noodles are served， then "keep them as long as possible for long life，" says Lum.The Tray of TogethernessPut out for visiting relatives to snack on， or given as a gift， the eight coconut6 for togetherness， longans to bring many sons， and red melon seeds for happiness.Nian Gao"Nian gao means year cake， but gao sounds the same as the word for tall or high，" year. The steamed sweets are made of 7 rice flour， brown sugar， and oil. Some versions have white sesame seeds， red dates， or nuts in them . If you want to try your hand at making nian gao， here's our recipe. Chowhounds also have some tips.Pomelo fruit is popular， writes Gong， it is thought to bring "; from the way the， explains Lum.