I am very excited to be part of the Chinese New Year Blog Hop. Today I wanted to share some Chinese New Year traditions with you that you might not have been aware of.
- Monkeys beware! Some people in the West mistakenly think that when their year comes around it means good luck. It only comes every twelve years, so it must be a good thing when your year finally comes around, right? Wrong! When it is your year, it is a time to be extra cautious and make wise choices. Monkeys (people born in 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and 2016) are especially prone to bad luck during their years. You can help your monkey friends stave off the bad luck by giving them red clothes to wear.
- Eat dumplings! As if you ever need an excuse to eat dumplings! Dumplings are eaten on New Year Day to warm you up and bring you good health. They will also bring you prosperity because they are shaped like gold ingots!
- Hongbao Na Lai! Many people are familiar with the phrases “Xin Nian Kuai Le” and “Gong Xi Fa Cai” (Happy New Year and Happy Lunar New Year), but these phrases are often followed up with Hongbao Na Lai – Give me a Red Envelope! In China, people often give each other red envelopes (hongbao) filled with money to celebrate the New Year. It might seem odd to tell someone “Happy New Year, give me money!” but when I heard it, it reminded me of “Trick or Treat!”
- I hope your house is clean and you already took a shower, because now you can’t clean your house or yourself for three days! Washing anything too soon after celebrating New Year will wash away all that good luck you brought into your life by following all those other pre-holiday traditions! Don’t undo all the hard work you did!
I hope you enjoyed learning about these fun traditions.
As my New Year gift to you, I am giving away a collection of my short Chinese erotica tales. These have not yet been published, so if you win, you will get an exclusive sneak peek! You will get FOUR original erotic tales set in Ancient China all written by me. Happy New Year indeed!
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