I would say that Chinese New Year is like Thanksgiving for Americans, as most have to have a turkey as part of the feast. As for the Chinese, and not so full breed Chinese like us, my dad would search for his chicken or duck every Chinese New Year.
Not hard to find this in the supermarket you might think, but it’s not your average chicken, this, the chicken must be presented with a head, tail and feet to symbolize completeness. Every year he would go to Charlotte to get his deep fried duck, but since the prediction for the snow last Friday, he had to find other places locally. He was told by his friend that he could get it from the Hmong store, he just has to order ahead of time and they’ll have it killed and ready to be pickup, with a head, tail and feet. This is a symbol of completeness.