If you are a superstitious sort or you just want to try to garner a bit more good fortune in the Year of the Rabbit, here are ten traditional customs for the Chinese New Year that you can do. Me? I’m all for trying out number three, six, nine, and ten. See the ten good luck tips for your family here. Gung Hay Fat Choy!
1) Before the New Year (which it’s too late for now, but if you did already, you’re ahead of the game) you should clean the house. In doing so you sweep away any of that icky bad luck that may have added clutter to your life in the past year.
2) Decorate with red, which is a lucky color. Red paper cut decorations are often hung from windows and doors for good luck.
3) On the first couple of days of New Years, don’t do any sweeping. If you do, you run the risk of sweeping away any good luck that could be coming your way. Yeah, that’s an easy one to accomplish.
4) Offer something to the Kitchen God. After his visit to your home, he reports on the family to those in heaven. Some hang a poster of the Kitchen God in the house and children rub honey.
5) Have a dinner party or what’s called a “surrounding the stove” dinner, where friends and family gather together to eat and honor their ancestors.
6) Eat dumplings. A traditional Chinese treat to eat on New Year’s. Add a little extra luck by hiding a coin in one of the dumplings, the person who finds it is supposed to have luck in the new year.
7) Children are really lucky on New Years, they are given little red envelopes that has “Lucky money” inside.
8) Children often wear brand new red clothing which is supposed to bring on lots of happiness and joy in the coming year.
9) Hand out tangerines and oranges. They are symbols of wealth and luck.
10) Don’t eat meat on the first day of the Chinese New Year, that way you make sure that you not only have good health but happiness in the coming year.
Will you try any of these to celebrate the new year?