Chinese New Year 2024: Feb.10. Year of the Dragon.

Gong Hay Fat Choi! is using the Latin alphabet to describe the sounds of “Happy New Year” in Chinese. In 2024 it officially starts on February 10th. ends on February 24th.

Also known as Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar traditional to China, South Korea, Vietnam and other east Asian countries. The most important are: Chinese New Year’s Eve on February 9th, 2024, Chinese New Year’s Day on February 10th, 2024, andThe Lantern Festival on February 24th, 2024

Chinese New Year 2024 is the Year of the Dragon.  In Chinese culture, the Dragon holds a significant place as an auspicious and extraordinary creature, unparalleled in talent and excellence. It symbolizes power, nobility, honor, luck, and success. 2024 is forecasted to bring about opportunities, changes, and challenges. If you’re seeking a shift in your current lives, this year might offer a favorable chance.

Zodiac Dragons’ Personality: ...People born in Dragon years usually possess natural courage, innate courage, tenacity, and intelligence, Dragons are usually enthusiastic and confident. They are not afraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They strive to break away from traditional norms and pave the way for a brighter future.

Most important activities during the Chinese New Year celebration.

Pre-New Year Celebration, families pray to ancestors and gods for fortune and a successful harvest. Clean House, Shop for New Clothes.
Feb. 9th. New Year’s Eve, decorate the house with red paper couplets of good wishes for the new year, offerings of meat, wine, to eat later. Family dinner with dishes that have lucky meanings such as fish, dumplings, sticky rice cake, and spring rolls. Give “lucky Money” red envelopes to those that are not married. Family stays up late to light firecrackers at midnight! or see official fireworks at a park, and go to visit a temple afterwards.

Feb. 10th. New Year’s Day, family wear new clothes, younger generation to visit their elders, and wish them health and longevity. Lion Dances are performed outside businesses to bring good luck in the new year.

Feb. 24th. On Day 15th. day, families celebrate the “Spring Festival” also known as the “Lantern Festival” because people attach prayer notes to a paper lantern, lit them,  and send them into the air or float them on water.  This is the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration.

Chinese New Year Day Taboos. Don’t wash your hair or clothes, don’t say words like death, don’t knit with needles, don’t sweep.

Chinese Spring Festival Taboos: Don’t cry, don’t use scissors, don’t kill [animals], don’t wear black or white clothes, don’t lend or borrow money, don’t visit hospitals, don’t use odd number of meals or money.

The Seven Lucky Foods to Eat during Chinese New Year are: (fish), said to bring an increase in prosperity.
Jiaozi (dumplings), for wealth.
Chun Juan (spring rolls), for wealth.
Tang Yuan (glutinous rice balls), for family togetherness.
Good Fortune Fruit, Jujubes (Chinese dates),  mandarins for fullness and wealth.
Nian Gao (sticky rice cakes), for a higher income or a higher position.
Chang Shou Mian (Longevity Noodles), for happiness and longevity.

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