How to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is celebrated throughout the world in late January or early February. Here's how to celebrate.
You will need: The correct date, traditional foods, new, red clothing, red envelopes, and red paper lantern.
Optional: Firecrackers, and drums and gongs.
Step one: Find the next date of Chinese New Year, which changes with the lunar cycle. Learn which of the 12 zodiac animals is associated with that year's celebration.
Step two: Before the Chinese New Year arrives, clean your house, and settle any outstanding debts with friends. According to tradition, this helps the New Year get off to a fresh start. Clean the headstones of deceased relatives and friends to ensure spiritual favor.
Step three: Get together with friends and family on the eve of Chinese New Year for a reunion dinner, a large, celebratory feast. Make a batch of nian gao, steamed cakes made with rice flour, which are said to bring good luck.
Step four: Buy new, red clothes to wear throughout the Chinese New Year celebration;
the color is considered lucky.
Step five: Give red envelopes filled with money to friends and relatives to invite success and generosity into everyone's lives. Use an amount ending in eight, which is particularly lucky in Chinese culture, and avoid the number four.
第五步：分送裝滿錢的紅包給親友，將成功和慷慨迎進每個人的生活。用 8 結尾的金額包，那在中華文化中是特別吉利的，且要避免數字 4。
Step six: Attend a Chinese New Year parade, one of the most popular ways to celebrate the holiday's hopeful spirit. You can also light firecrackers and bang drums and gongs to celebrate. Only use firecrackers or fireworks under close supervision. Know the laws governing explosives where you live.
Step seven: On the 15th night of the New Year, light a red paper lantern to mark the end of the holiday. Then, wish your friends and family "Gong Xi Fa Tsai," and prepare for 12 months of prosperity and luck.
第七步：在新年的第 15 個晚上，點亮紅色紙燈籠來象徵節日的尾聲。接著祝賀你的朋友和家人「恭喜發財」，準備好迎接十二個月的興旺和好運。
Did You Know? In 1980, the Chinese were the 10th-largest immigrant group in the U.S.;
by 2006, they had become the third-largest.
你知道嗎？在 1980 年，中國人是美國第十大的移民族群；在 2006 年時，他們已變成第三大。
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Learn which of the 12 zodiac animals is associated with that year's celebration.