Get Ready to Celebrate Chinese New Year!
Posted on Feb 11, 2015
If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ve been learning about Chinese Medicine and how to incorporate it into your daily life. As we approach Chinese New Year next week on February 19th, you might find it fun to start incorporating some Chinese customs into your life, too! These simple traditions can help you get ready to celebrate Chinese New Year and ring in a very lucky 2015.
-Finish your spring cleaning…
- It’s traditional to spend the last week or so of the year thoroughly cleaning out every nook and cranny in the house. Now is the time to find the dust bunnies that have been hiding all year and leave your home sparkling. Taking the time to do a deep clean of your living space is seen to be a good way to let go of the old and welcome the new.
– …then relax and enjoy your clean home
- It’s considered bad luck to clean your home on the first or second days of the New Year (February 19th or 20th). Any cleaning is thought to sweep out the good luck that the New Year brings! So finish your spring cleaning by February 18th, and then enjoy your rest on New Year’s Day.
– Gather with your loved ones and share a meal together
- Typically, New Year’s Eve is spent with family. The food included in the meal varies in different regions of China, but most agree that it’s best to serve foods whole, to keep the good fortune inside. That means that fish will arrive at the table completely intact, long vegetables like bok choy or greens won’t see a cutting board, and rice will be of the long-grained variety. Dumplings, or jiaozi, are also customary to make and eat at midnight.
– Enjoy a tangerine for dessert
- The Chinese word for tangerine sounds similar to the word for luck, so this is a fruit traditionally included in Chinese New Year celebrations. The orange color symbolizes gold, so eating a tangerine promises an auspicious start to the new year!
– Ring a New Year’s bell
- Bells are a traditional way to literally “ring in” the new year, as they’re thought to drive away bad luck and ring in good fortune. If you don’t live near enough to Chinatown to hear the big bells ringing, you can celebrate this tradition by ringing your own bells at midnight, to welcome the year of the Wood Sheep.
No matter which traditions you choose to incorporate, I wish you a very prosperous and lucky New Year! Check back next week for more information about this upcoming year, the year of the Wood Sheep.
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