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  • A pair of chopsticks and a plate of peanuts are displayed on a table at a wedding ceremony. Since the pronunciation of the Mandarin word for “chopsticks” is similar to the one for “quick,” and the pronunciation of the word for “peanuts” is similar to the one for “birth,” having chopsticks and peanuts together expresses good wishes for having a baby soon. Photo: IC_Gallery: Chopsticks Hold Quite a Special Place in Chinese Culture
     
     
    A pair of chopsticks and a plate of peanuts are displayed on a table at a wedding ceremony. Since the pronunciation of the Mandarin word for “chopsticks” is similar to the one for “quick,” and the pronunciation of the word for “peanuts” is similar to the one for “birth,” having chopsticks and peanuts together expresses good wishes for having a baby soon. Photo: IC
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Gallery: Chopsticks Hold Quite a Special Place in Chinese Culture

Familiar eating utensils pass along good wishes at weddings and Lunar New Year, help improve smiles, and find uses in the arts

11.22.2018
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A pair of chopsticks and a plate of peanuts are displayed on a table at a wedding ceremony. Since the pronunciation of the Mandarin word for “chopsticks” is similar to the one for “quick,” and the pronunciation of the word for “peanuts” is similar to the one for “birth,” having chopsticks and peanuts together expresses good wishes for having a baby soon. Photo: IC
People use chopsticks to pick up food and celebrate Lunar New Year. It is believed in southern China and in some Southeast Asian countries that if people hold their chopsticks higher, they’ll have more good luck in the next year. Photo: IC
Women who want to major in performing arts practice smiling while holding chopsticks with their teeth during a training class in Bengbu, Anhui province, in December 2015. Photo: IC
A folk musician uses a pair of chopsticks to strike porcelain bowls of different sizes to play music in Hengdian town, Zhejiang province. Photo: IC
Wang Yantong, an art teacher in Rizhao, Shandong province, makes models made of disposal chopsticks in November 2016. Photo: IC

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Gallery: Chopsticks Hold Quite a Special Place in Chinese Culture