The world will be ringing in Lunar New Year on Sunday January 22, 2023. This is a time of year that is celebrated by billions of people all over the globe. It is a time for family, friends, and fun. If you’re not familiar with this holiday, don’t worry! We have compiled some fun facts and traditions that will help get you ready for the big celebration.
The Lunar New Year is a celebration of the beginning of spring, and it always falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. It marks the start of a new cycle in both astronomy and astrology. People often take this time to reflect on their lives, set goals for the year ahead, and make resolutions.
One of the key traditions of Lunar New Year is giving out red envelopes. This is a way to give cash gifts to family and friends, with the intention of wishing them luck in the coming year. For example, parents may give their children money, or grandparents may give their grandchildren red envelopes filled with coins. It’s also common to exchange gifts with family and friends during the festive period.
Special foods are also part of Lunar New Year celebrations. Many dishes feature noodles, which symbolize longevity, as well as dumplings, fish and fruit. People may also eat a special cake called niangao on New Year’s Day, or a type of porridge called jook.
Finally, people often go to the temple on Lunar New Year’s Eve or Day. Here they will make offerings of food and incense, light candles and pray for health, wealth and happiness in the coming year. It is also common to hang calligraphy scrolls with auspicious words around the home, as well as setting off firecrackers, which is said to ward off evil spirits.
So now you know some of the facts and traditions that make Lunar New Year such a special event. Get ready for this fun-filled holiday by gathering your family and friends and celebrating the start of 2023!
Have a Happy Lunar New Year!
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