Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is February 19. It’s the year of the Goat. Lasting sixteen days, the celebration is thousands of years old and is another way to welcome in the new year. Besides doing major house cleaning and abundant food, wearing gold, red, jade and lucky colors are incorporated into clothing and decor.  From the 23rd of the 12th Lunar month a large scale cleaning of your house should be done to sweep away bad luck and to get ready for the new year, bidding farewell to the previous year. Food also plays a huge roll, I can’t explain all of our traditions but I will name a few, oranges fish and many other foods symbolize wealth. The celebration is very superstitious and based of superstitious beliefs.

New everything, that could sum up the holiday in a nutshell, new house ( clean house, like Hospital clean, but every family has their own standards) new food, new stuff, new year, new luck, new growth, new harvest, new food, new clothes and hair. Black is death, so is white, so avoiding wearing black is good during the new year. Red is not only lucky but believed to ward of evil spirits, therefore letting good luck and spirits into the home.

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