Lunar New Year is an important event celebrated, often over days, for families to spend time together and herald good fortune for the coming year. The Lunar New Year, most frequently known as Chinese New Year, is also celebrated by people from many different Asian cultures, and traditions around the holiday vary.
Overall, it is an opportunity for a fresh start and to put the not-so-good things of the past year in the past. For Chinese, on the New Year, it is customary to light firecrackers and celebrate with the color red (a color of happiness believed to ward off evil) and make offerings to one’s ancestors. Often on New Year’s eve, kids receive lucky red envelopes filled with money.
Dumplings are considered a lucky food (the more pleats the better) to eat to celebrate the New Year. Yum! Other traditions may include serving two whole fish and saving one for later to represent surplus in the new year, and enjoying spring rolls, which look a little like gold bars and symbolize prosperity.
Are you a tiger? 2022 is the year of not only the tiger, but the water tiger which occurs only every 60 years.
The Tiger is known as the “king” of all animals in Chinese mythology and culture. The tiger is a symbol of strength and bravery and is also by many considered uplifting.
Years of the Tiger include 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950 and 1938.
So enjoy the festivities and let’s look forward to a happier, healthier and more prosperous 2022!