Many people around the world celebrate Lunar New Year, which creates many different traditions and beliefs about the holiday. This list just shows three out of the many beliefs and traditions that people have surrounding the holiday.
During Lunar New Year, the giving of Red envelopes seems to be a constant. Usually these envelopes are filled with money. In Singapore, people give out red with the phrase “Fú” on it, which means good luck. Based on my personal experience, some of the red envelopes will have the zodiac animal of the new year on it.
Eating Traditional Foods
Eating certain foods to celebrate holidays is something that is very common in almost every country, and Lunar New Year is no exception. In Taiwan, people will eat pineapple cakes because pineapple in their dialect loosely translates to the phrase “good fourtune is coming”. In Mongolia, people eat hotpot. The ingredients in hotpot have different meanings, for example, round fishballs are added into the soup because they symbolize good fourtune.
Almost everybody who celebrates Lunar New Year spends it with their family. Most of the time, people practice these tradtions with their families. Based on what I’ve experienced, people will visit their family for almost the entire day. They will usually go to a temple together. To add, all of the married people in the family give red envelopes to the unmarried people. Around nighttime, everyone will eat traditional foods together for dinner.
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I loved learning about some traditions that take place during Lunar New Year. Thanks for your post!
This is so interesting! I knew a little about the red envelopes but never knew anything about the traditional foods before this. I already love hot pot but I would like to try additional Lunar New Year foods too! Thank you for the infomation!
This is so cool, I love learning about celebrations other cultures have. Those pineapple cakes sound so good and I’d love to get my hands on one. It’s so strange to me that I’ve heard of Lunar New Year for so long, yet I’ve never really learned what it’s about. So thank you for giving me a bit of insight into the traditions.