Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the rat, which has so much significance in Chinese culture. The rat is the first of the zodiac animals, in Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life. There are so many unique ways to celebrate the Chinses New Year! Read on for more!
What to Eat- Family is important during the Chinese New Year, so the New Year’s Eve dinner (年夜饭- Nián yèfàn) or Reunion dinner (团年饭 – tuán niánfàn) is a big feast. You’ll find the table packed with foods like spring rolls, dumplings,—which are most significant during the Chinese New Year—noodles, steamed fish, and more!
What to Do- The Chinese New Year starts with the Spring Festival, which lasts from January 25th, 2020, and ends on February 4th. During this time, festivities start off with fire crackers and celebrations. Different traditions take place throughout this time until the Lantern Festival on the 8th. Creating lanterns is the most important part of this festival. As it is a full moon that day, moon-gazing amidst lanterns is the best way to celebrate.
Chinese New Year Taboos- During Spring Festival, there are a few things you should try to avoid doing. Do not say negative words. Doing so might bring misfortune to you or your loved ones. Try not to break glass or ceramics as it might break your connection to prosperity. These are just a few of the many taboos to avoid during this time! Read here for more!
Happy Chinese New Year to our Chinese customers and distributors! If you celebrate this season, let me know in the comments or tweet me @lorenridinger!