Greetings everyone. After being exhausted from furious cleaning earlier this week, I spent time with my family and sleeping. I’m online now and wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year!
The Lunar New Year is the largest national holiday in China and among Chinese. Workers get time off as well as lucky money in red envelopes from their employers. It’s also celebrated until the 15th of the month.
Here are 7 traditions for Chinese New Year:
- The new year is celebrated with fire crackers to scare demons away (demons mean bad luck)
- You don’t clean anything to not wash your luck away
- You wear new clothes, mostly red and pink. Red is a good color, symbolizing luck, prosperity, and celebration. Stay away from black and white because they’re associated with death and funerals, symbolizing misfortune
- Generally, you get a red envelope (with money) if you’re not an adult. Rules and traditions vary among people groups and families to when the money stops coming
- You don’t gamble and spend money to ensure that you’d have money in your pocket for the whole year
- Although you’re not supposed to gamble, gambling is widespread among Chinese, so this no-gambling tradition isn’t really followed
- Gamblers gamble today to test their luck. If they win, they’ll end with a surplus and thus a good year; if they lose, they’ll end with a deficit and thus a bad year
Here are select pictures from the Associated Press on MSN of celebrations from handful of countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year. Visit the source for many more images in an article.