5 Lunar New Year Superstitions to Set Yourself up for a Year of Good Luck and Prosperity

The Year of the Dragon is considered one of the luckiest years in the Chinese zodiac!
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The Lunar New Year is important because it marks the beginning of the lunar calendar. Celebrated by millions of people around the world; superstitions play a big role in Lunar New Year celebrations, with many people observing traditions believed to bring luck and prosperity for the year ahead.

Mark your calendars for February 10th, it’s the start of the year of the Dragon!

1. Cleaning the house

It’s believed that cleaning the house before the New Year will sweep away any bad luck and make room for good fortune to enter. With that being said, avoid sweeping on the day of the New Year to avoid sweeping all of your luck out of the door!

2. Wear red clothing

Wearing red clothing during the New Year is thought to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. Avoid wearing black and white, as these colors are associated with grief and mourning, and are considered bad luck to wear during Chinese New Year. Many avoid these colours so they don’t risk misfortune or causing offence to anyone around them at an auspicious time.

3. Give red envelopes

These red envelopes (called “lai see” in Cantonese and “hong bao” in Mandarin) are traditionally given to children by married couples as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. These envelopes contain cash!

4. Eat lucky food

Certain dishes are eaten during the Chinese New Year for their symbolic meaning. Symbolism of these traditional Chinese New Year foods is based on their pronunciations or appearance. Who doesn’t love a good Chinese dinner? This time eat these favourites for some good luck intentions!

  • fish for an increase in prosperity
  • dumplings for wealth
  • whole chicken for “luck and wholeness”
  • long noodles for happiness and longevity
  • fruit for fullness and wealth

5. Firecrackers

Lighting firecrackers and fireworks is believed to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck for the coming year.

As the year of the Dragon approaches, these superstitions continue to be cherished and practiced by many, adding a sense of excitement and tradition to the Lunar New Year festivities.

Whether you’re superstitious or not, these customs bring people together to celebrate to welcome and celebrate the new year with hope and optimism.

Wishing you all a year of good luck and fortune!

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