What Does the Fruit Orange Symbolize?

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In China, the orange symbolizes life, a new beginning, and prayers and wishes for good fortune, particularly during the Chinese New Year holiday. The Chinese culinary publication Flavor & Fortune reports that oranges, along with other fruits, are regarded as temple offerings.

During Chinese New Year the Chinese give each other oranges to symbolize new beginnings and life. They give oranges as symbols of prayer and wishes for good fortune during weddings, according to Flavor & Fortune. The name for orange in Cantonese means gold, which indicates the value the Chinese place on the fruit. Although the Chinese prefer fresh oranges, they are known to give sugared, preserved oranges when fresh fruit is not available.