Around here, we like to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a few fun traditions. In the Asian community, Chinese New Year is a huge deal…kind of like our New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving combined. Families anticipate and prepare for weeks, they cook an enormous traditional meal, gather together with their loved ones, have fireworks and dragon dances and lantern festivals, and observe a whole lot of traditional dos and taboos to ensure a lucky and prosperous year ahead.
We’re not Asian, but we respectfully borrow a few ideas to mark the lunar new year (it always falls on a new moon), and to continue the energy of fresh starts, new beginnings and the coming of spring that we started last week with Imbolc. Plus, it’s fun!
Here are some things we’ve done in the past to celebrate Chinese New Year:
- Roll an orange through every room in the house. Oranges symbolize prosperity, and this is a silly, fun thing for kids to do. Have them roll an orange in and around and out of every single room to ensure luck and abundance in the coming year.
- Give red envelopes with money in them to kids and seniors. Sorry, working people don’t get them!
- Speaking of red, wear red undies. Preferably new. Red is considered a very auspicious color.
- Divine your fortune. New moons are always great for divination of all kinds, and readings will be especially powerful today. (You can bet I’ll be doing a Tarot reading today!) Once a year, we break out these Chinese Fortune Sticks.
- Eat some Chinese dumplings for luck, and long noodles (don’t cut them!) for a long life.
- Find out your Chinese zodiac sign, and see what’s in store for you in the Year of the Fire Monkey HERE. I’m a Rabbit and things look good for me this year!
- As with every New Moon, it’s a great time to set intentions, make vision boards, and work magic. This year’s energy of Fire Monkey will help bring all those dreams to fruition.
How about you, lovely reader? Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? What do you do? Let me know in the comments!