Most Chinese families prepare a fish dish for New Year’s dinner because fish, 魚 (yú), is pronounced the same as surplus, 餘 (yú).
So the greeting 年年有餘 (nián nián yǒu yú), literally year (年) year (年) have (有) surplus (餘), means always have surplus.
Wishing you have more than enough every year.
Say this when you eat fish at the beginning of the lunar new year and abundance will be yours throughout the entire year.
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