Tray of Togetherness

Tray of Togetherness

Growing up in a Chinese-American family, I always looked forward to the big tray of treats that was the centerpiece of the dining table during Chinese New Year.

Assembling a Tray of Togetherness with your kids is a great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year (CNY). Each of the treats symbolizes your family’s hopes for the coming year.

The Tray of Togetherness is a large lacquered red or golden candy box filled to the brim. Usually in a round or square shape, the tray generally has six, eight or even nine compartments, to convey a sense of prosperity, abundance, and family unity.

Prominently featured in the center are a pair of mandarin oranges with leaves and stems intact along with red envelopes.  These items are essential in the tray of togetherness, symbolizing prosperity and unity.

Our family candy tray is made up of mostly traditional items: eight sweet treats, deep fried snacks, nuts, seeds, brightly-colored CNY candies, fruit chews.

I hope these suggestions will inspire you to create your very own Tray of Togetherness!


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  • Sophia Tsao
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