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Chinese New Year

Does anyone celebrate the chinese new year? If so what traditions do you do and what foods do you traditionally eat?

 
NightOwlMama

Asked by NightOwlMama at 6:39 AM on Jan. 13, 2009 in Holidays

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  • It is important to have the house completely clean from top to bottom before New Year's Day for good luck in the coming year. (however, as explained below, cleaning the house after New Year's Day is frowned upon)
    Some believe that what happens on the first day of the new year reflects the rest of the year to come. Asians will often gamble at the beginning of the year, hoping to get luck and prosperity.
    Wearing a new pair of slippers that is bought before the new year, because it means to step on the people who gossip about you.
    The night before the new year, bathe yourself in pomelo leaves and some say that you will be healthy for the rest of the new year
    mrsmostafa

    Answer by mrsmostafa at 11:37 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

  • from wilkipedia:
    Red packets almost always contain money, usually varying from a couple of dollars to several hundred. Per custom, the amount of money in the red packets should be of even numbers, as odd numbers are associated with cash given during funerals (帛金 : Bai Jin). One exception is the number four as it is considered bad luck, because the word for four is a homophone for death, money in red envelopes never adds up to $4. However, the number 8 is considered lucky (for its homophone for "wealth"), and $8 is commonly found in the red envelopes. Sometimes chocolate coins are found in the red packets.
    mrsmostafa

    Answer by mrsmostafa at 11:35 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

  • Odd and even numbers are determined by the first digit, rather than the last. Thirty and fifty, for example, are odd numbers, and are thus appropriate as funeral cash gifts. However, it is common and quite acceptable to have cash gifts in a red packet using a single bank note – with ten or fifty yuan bills used frequently.

    mrsmostafa

    Answer by mrsmostafa at 11:35 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

  • In addition to red packets, which are usually given from elder to younger, small gifts (usually of food or sweets) are also exchanged between friends or relatives (of different households) during Chinese New Year. Gifts are usually brought when visiting friends or relatives at their homes. Common gifts include fruits, cakes, biscuits, chocolates, candies, or some other small gift
    mrsmostafa

    Answer by mrsmostafa at 11:36 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

  • Good luck
    Opening windows and/or doors is considered to bring in the good luck of the new year.
    Switching on the lights for the night is considered good luck to 'scare away' ghosts and spirits of misfortune that may compromise the luck and fortune of the new year.
    Sweets are eaten to ensure the consumer a "sweet" year.
    mrsmostafa

    Answer by mrsmostafa at 11:37 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

  • this looks like fun!!! begins this year on Jan 26!
    mrsmostafa

    Answer by mrsmostafa at 11:37 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

  • hey thanks i was thinking about doing something special with the girls sounds fun!
    NightOwlMama

    Answer by NightOwlMama at 2:11 AM on Jan. 16, 2009

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