Food Symbolism 3--Chicken
Chicken forms part of the symbolism of the dragon and phoenix in Chinese culture. At a Chinese wedding, chicken's feet, referred to as phoenix feet, are often served with dragon foods such as lobster. Chicken is also popular at Chinese New Year, symbolizing a good marriage and the coming together of families, and serving the bird whole emphasizes family unity.
In some Southern provinces in China, people are wary of attending year-end festive dinners hosted by the boss, when chicken is served - whole. A chicken among the dishes is a message from the boss that someone is getting the sack, and the poor man/woman selected is the person seated in chair towards which the chicken head is pointed.