Families meet to dine on celebratory meals that always include a midnight snack of jiao zi (dumplings). The jiao zi is similar to the ancient word for the new replacing the old. Chinese Dumplings are deliberately shaped like ancient gold or silver ingots, and symbolize wealth.
To find out where the BEST DUMPLINGS (4 for $1!) are, and to learn more about Chinatown's history and culture, check out my CHINATOWN FOOD TOUR! run through Free Tours by Foot, New York City's only name-your-own-price walking tour company.