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Lunar New Year
Date: 
January 31, 2014 - 10:14pm

Jan. 31 2014 is the Lunar New Year, in other words, the Chinese New Year. Here are some tips for you to use while enjoying your Lunar New Year.

Traditions

Greeting:

Instead of only saying “Happy Lunar New Year,” you can add one more sentence after it: “Kung Hei Fat Choy,” which means, “You will be rich.” This is a phrase everyone uses for the Chinese New Year; especially children. And it will bring you luck, or, a red pocket.

Red pocket:

Red pocket is a red envelope with cash inside. Yes, money, and this is why the kids love receiving red pocket for the Lunar New Year. Red pocket is our extra income. Be sure that don’t open the red envelope before the New Year finishes, though. The amount inside is random, too. However, if you are married, sorry, you are not going to get one.

So, Happy Chinese New Year! Kung Hei Dat Choy!

Chi Koi:
The third day of the Chinese New Year is named “chi kou,” which means, “bloody mouth.” On that day, don’t visit friends or relatives because Chinese tradition states that people argue easily on the third day of the new year, so don’t say “Kung Hei Fat Choy” unless you want to receive F-bombs in the beginning of the year.

On the dinner table

Start eating:

In the reunion dinner or “start-year meal,” wait for the oldest person to move his or her chopsticks from the dish to the bowl completely, even if he or she says “start eating.” It’s good manners and is respectful.

Fish:

Seafood is a must for Chinese New Year meals, but if you see the fish is going to be finished, don’t eat it. Leave some fish on the plate because this means there is “profit” leftover from last year. The sound of the word “profit” in Chinese is close to the word “fish,” so having fish left means there is profit. Don’t eat the whole fish… I don’t know what will happen to you. 

Rice cake:

Rice cake is one of the traditional foods in Chinese New Year, and you have to finish all even it is oily, sticky and unbelievably sweet. The sound of the words “rice cake” in Chinese is close to the meaning of “getting higher,” or “taller,” every year. Chinese tradition states that eating rice cakes helps you grow taller, makes your salary larger and job title more important. But, I believe it will also give you higher risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and obesity too. 

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