Happy Chinese New Year!
This weekend my family and I will gather to celebrate this holiday. By gather I mean eat a ton of food, drink lots of drinks, and party till the sun comes up! I would like to share with you my heritage and special traditions. Some tradition have been altered to fit modern day. Chinese New Year, is the most important traditional festival in China. It begins on the first day of the first Lunar month. New years this year is from January 30th (New Years Eve) till February 13th (My Birthday)
New Year's Eve Dinner
The New Year's Eve dinner is the most important dinner to our Family. We will gather and all make a dish to share. Let me just say the food coma that falls after is intense!
Red packet is a red envelope with money in it. The red packet is given to all the family members who were born in the year of the animal sign (Horse.) It was believed that the money in the red packet will suppress the evil, keep them healthy, and long living.
A few days before the Chinese New Year we do a complete cleaning of the house. Which means get rid of the old and welcome the new.
After the cleaning, people will decorate the house to welcome the New Year. Most of the decorations are red in color.
The Year of the Horse, a very special sign in its own right. This is a wood year which is good for luck in general. So go ahead and take chances. The time is right. However, the Year of the Horse emphasizes thinking things through before you take action -- no leaping before you look. This year, there are plenty of areas that hold great opportunities, including travel, the great outdoors, fitness and your social life.
For those who share this holiday with me, "Gung Hay Fat Choy!"