Your mother prepares dumplings for you before you travel, but why? You are curious because eating dumplings has the following meanings.
1. Dumpling is homophonic with ‘teaching children’
Before children leave home, their parents remind them again and again to do good deeds, and come home safely.
2. The shape of dumplings looks like gold and silver ingots
Eating dumplings means children can relax, be happy, and return home with wealth and rewarding experiences.
3. Eating dumplings before leaving means blessings
The dumpling skin is circular, and after wrapping the stuffing, it turns into a round ball. Thus, the skin and stuffing are equivalent to the Chinese character “return.” Eating dumplings before leaving home means blessings for those who travel, plus returning safely and smoothly.
4. Dumplings are hunger fighters
Dumplings are nutritious: flour for the skin, stuffing with meat, vegetables, seafood, egg and others. They are hunger fighters. Eating dumplings before leaving home means your body and mind are nourished with your mother’s caring.
5. Making dumplings is the process of connecting with family members
Making dumplings is a complicated procedure. From mixing dough, making dumpling skins and stuffing, to wrapping up the stuffing, it is quite time-consuming and requires family members working together. However, making dumplings helps members to connect with others and build relationships. Thus, eating delicious dumplings is a process of uniting family members and a representation of love.
Translated by Ying Ming.