China Today (English)
niánnián-yǒuyú年年有余Surplus year after year
中国传统祈福的吉祥话，“鱼”和“余”同音，过年吃鱼寄托了人们希望来年生活富足，拥有多余的粮食和财富的美好心愿。It is a traditional Chinese saying for blessings. In Chinese, the pronunciation of the character “鱼” (fish) is the same as that of “余” (affluence). So by eating fish during the Spring Festival, people wish for a bountiful year ahead with plenty of food and fortune.