Niangao (年糕 /nyen-gaoww/ ‘year cake’) is a popular dessert eaten during Chinese New Year. It was originally used as an offering in ritual ceremonies before it gradually became a Spring Festival food.
The pronunciation of niangao sounds like ‘year high’ (年高), which symbolizes a higher income, a higher position, the growth of children, and generally the promise of a better year. It is considered good luck to eat it during the Chinese New Year period.
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originally appeared on chinahighlights.com