How to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year's Day: January 22, 2023
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!
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.
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
7 Lucky Foods for Chinese New Year
Fish: Increase Prosperity
Dumplings: Increase Wealth
Spring Rolls: Increase Wealth
Sweet Rice Balls (Tang Yuan): Family Togetherness
Good Fortune Fruit: Fullness and Wealth
Nian Gao (Glutinous Rice Cake): Higher Income or Promotion
Longevity Noodles: Happiness and Longevity