How to Celebrate Chinese New Year at Home28 January 2021
Written by: Ness Albito
The second holiday for this year is coming up, and everybody is hoping that the Year of the Metal Ox will bring us much luck and a better life!
Filipinos adopt Chinese cultures with close ties and history with China, including celebrating the Chinese New Year.
Suppose you find the typical Filipino wacky ways in celebrating New Year's Eve intriguing due to all the superstitious beliefs observed. You might find the celebration of Chinese New Year fascinating! Chinese are very particular in their rituals and traditions during the Lunar New Year as they believe that it would bring luck, not just to their daily lives but also to their businesses.
But, with the pandemic still on and a new COVID-19 variant already entered the country, you might be wondering how you could celebrate the Chinese New Year safely and soundly at home. Well, here are some of the ways to still get lucky while staying healthy on Chinese New Year this February 12:
Let Fresh Air In.
Let good luck for the year ahead to come in by opening your windows to welcome in a blast of fresh air! Also, tradition says that families should open their front doors at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve; this will make the previous year's spirits and energy escape and make room for everything to come.
Brighten Your Life with Color Red.
Chinese believes that the color red is always, always lucky, especially when you wear it during the Chinese New Year. It is commonly associated with wealth and good fortune and believes in warding off evil spirits. So, let's find that killer red dress or outfit and get some good luck for this year!
Hand Out Red Envelopes.
As the Chinese call it, red envelopes or hongbao symbolize good wishes and luck for the incoming year. They believe that giving crisp bills to their loved ones, especially those with many eight on its serial number, will bring good luck and prosperity. Just avoid the ones that include the number four as they believe it means death.
This particular tradition will give the recipient excitement and happiness and a favorable and fortuitous condition to the benefactor. Spread good luck and wishes to your loved ones by handing out red envelopes as much as you can!
Delight in Festive Treats.
Chinese New Year means a day full of sumptuous food and dishes. Eating sweets during Chinese New Year isn't just about overindulging but also making your upcoming year even sweeter than the last. Some of the foods to add to the must-haves on your dinner table will be the spring rolls and glutinous rice, usually with peanut, sesame, or red bean paste fillings!
Also, they believe that having many Chinese dumplings will give you a lot of money in the coming year as it symbolizes wealth to them. The more Chinese dumplings you have, the more wealth you earn this year. Hello, dumpling lovers! It is your lucky day!
Declutter Last Year's Trend, Rampage on New Threads!
Chinese believe that having a clean and spotless house will help luck to enter smoothly into your homes. So, a few days before the Chinese New Year, you must make sure that you could declutter all the stuff needed to be removed in your house and make it pristine. It's not just the house that needs to be updated but also your wardrobe as they believe it will set a fresh start for the incoming year.
Spruce Up Your Own Space.
Aside from decluttering, designing and decorating your own home with red lanterns is great for your wealth. Chinese believe that installing a red lantern in your front door will ward off bad luck. Some even put kumquat trees inside their homes to add up more luck, wealth, and good fortune.
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Nothing would be luckier and happier if you could celebrate the Chinese New Year at your own home. This Lunar New Year, prepare your home and your family for the festivities, and remember to stay safe while having fun!
Let us all go beyond this 2021 and welcome the new year with good fortune!
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