For Asians all around the world, including Asian-Americans, Lunar New Year not only celebrates the beginning of the year but also the ending of winter and the anticipated arrival of spring. It is one of the most important holidays celebrated in Asian countries. There are many interesting aspects to the Lunar New Year, but the most interesting is the way it’s celebrated. Sometimes called the Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year lasts 15 days and generally has three stages; the days preceding, the festival days and then the days after the Spring Festival day.
These three ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year will help make sure it is special.
Welcome New Fortune
The Lunar New Year means out with the old and in with the new and in more ways than one. It is common practice to clean the house from top to bottom, think Spring cleaning but with meaning. The goal is to wash away the dust, and hopefully, any bad luck you may have experienced during the past year. It is also common to buy new clothes for the festival, again out with the old and in with the new. You can also past paper cutouts to drive away the bad spirits and welcome good fortune into your home.
Give the Gift of a Best Buy Gift Card
There are many ways to celebrate the actual festival day. Firecrackers, foods and family time all are customs that date back hundreds of years, but one that stands out is the Red Envelope. The Red Envelope or “Lucky Money” is for children and prepared by adults and elders of the family. The goal is to ensure a safe and happy life for the children. To help with this tradition, Best Buy is offering an Asian-inspired Gift Card and eGift card. The gift card can be shipped to a certain address or sent as an eGift card. You can even celebrate throughout the year with the Chinese Happy Birthday Gift card available online.
Friends and Family
After the festival is over, it’s time to spread the good luck to extended family and friends. It is important to go to all your friends and family to wish them a Happy New Year. In some parts of China, this step could last days. the idea is to spread good wishes and hope for good fortune to visit the same family and friends that you have just visited. This is also when the elders hand out money wrapped in red paper to the children who come and visit them to wish them a Happy New Year. Traditionally, this money is to be used for school supplies or can go towards savings.
The Lunar New Year is based on the different phases of the moon and falls on February 8th, 2016 of our Gregorian calendar. This year, it is the year of the Monkey which means a strong year if your Chinese Zodiac is the Monkey. Even if it isn’t, may the new year bring you good fortune and health.