We all know that Lunar New Year is coming. But do you really know about it? Read on to find out some facts that you might not know about this holiday.
- Locals do not call this holiday “Chinese New Year”, and Chinese are not the only ones who celebrate it. There are other Asian countries that celebrate the holiday such as Vietnam and Korea, and they call it by a special name regarding their language, which refers to “Lunar New Year”.
- By saying Lunar New Year Holiday, we do not refer to just one specific day but a period of around 10 days.
- Relative gathering is one of the most popular traditions in Lunar New Year.
- Lunar New Year is the season of superstitions. People follow various traditions that help them avoid bad luck.
- Red is the main color of Lunar New Year. Not only is it associated with luck and joy, but it also scares away the evil spirits and bad fortune.
- Sugary snack is one of the most important traditional foods in Lunar New Year. The snacks are believed to sweeten up prospects for the upcoming year.
- In Vietnam, the first person putting their first step in a house is believed to bring either bad or good fortune to the family.
- Lucky money is usually put in a red envelope and is given to children or teenagers.
- China, Hong Kong and Vietnam have a film genre devoted to Lunar New Year ("hesuipian" for China and Hong Kong, “Tet movies” for Vietnam). Those movies are usually comedies that emphasize family love and have happy endings that make the audiences feel warm and fuzzy.
- Customs and superstitions in Lunar New Year aren’t set in stone. They are different from country to country and even from region to region.
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