How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

New Year's Day:  Feb 1, 2022

DOs:

  • Set off firecrackers, if safe to do so - this will scare away evil spirits.

  • Offer sacrifices to ancestors - but probably better to just have a meal in their honor.

  • Wear Red - a symbol of change and new beginnings.

  • Hand out small red envelopes (called Hong Bao) with crisp new bank notes to promote prosperity.

  • Clean your house BEFORE or AFTER New Years Day (but NOT the day of) to rid your house of the previous year's bad luck.

  • Decorate your house with red and gold - these colors signify good fortune.

  • Eat Dumplings (Jiao Zi - sounds like the ancient term for the exchange between the old and new year).  You will say good-bye to the old and welcome in  the new by eating yummy dumplings!

DONT's

  • Do NOT use curse words on Chinese New Year - brings much bad fortune.

  • Do  NOT wash or cut your hair during these seven days or you will get rid of all your luck.

  • Do NOT buy books or give them as gifts as the word in Chinese is similar to "lose" and will bring bad fortune.

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Day 2 - 7:  Visit relatives and friends and enjoy each other's company

Day 8:  Go to work, but most of us do not have the luxury to stay home anyway...

Day 15:  Lantern Festival:  Light and watch floating lanterns

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7 Lucky Foods for Chinese New Year

  1. Fish:  Increase Prosperity

  2. Dumplings:  Increase Wealth

  3. Spring Rolls:  Increase Wealth

  4. Sweet Rice Balls (Tangyuan): Family Togetherness

  5. Good Fortune Fruit: Fullness and Wealth

  6. Niangao (Glutinous Rice Cake): Higher Income or Promotion

  7. Longevity Noodles: Happiness and Longevity