The Chinese New Year or Spring Festival begins on the 1st day of the 1st lunar month and, lasting 15 days, is the largest of all Chinese festivals. It’s a time for all families to come together.
Celebrations include big meals of chinese dumplings, fish, long noodles (to symbolize longevity) & spring rolls, firecrackers & lion dances (to scare away bad luck & evil spirits), and lucky red envelopes (hong bao) with money for children.
Preparations for the holiday include cleaning your house & removing “old” dust (out with the old & in with the new), purchasing & wearing new clothes, cutting your hair before the holiday (so as not to cut off good luck) & decorating with lanterns.
Tangerine & oranges (symbolic of good luck & wealth) also adorn most homes.
Our celebrations for Chinese New Year will be on Saturday with our local FCC group. We’re also planning a New Year celebration with family at the end of the month…our 1st. Everyone will be bringing a dish and we’ll have crafts & stories for the young kids. It should be a great time.