|The identical sound of the words 'fish' (yú) 鱼 and the word 余 (yú), meaning 'extra', 'surplus' have made fish an important symbol during Chinese New Year whether during dinner or for decorations.|
|“年年有余”- 'May you have surplus and remainders year after year' is a common blessing expressed during the Chinese New Year's celebration. ‘余’means surplus, remainder, extra or leftovers hence this saying is wish that one will always have slightly more than what he or she requires and will not experience shortage in financial matters, but also in other aspects, such as health, friendship, etc.|
Since Chinese holidays are fill with motifs which carry symbolic meaning, the phonetic identity between '余' and '鱼' (fish), has made the latter a symbol of prosperity and wealth as well. There are plenty of idioms involving 'fish' in the Chinese language, often portraying fish as natural, carefree and resilient creatures. There is also a well known connection between fish and the Yin-Yang symbol and when the Chinese Lunar New Year is approaching, fish become a very important symbol for the Chinese.