Lunar New Year is coming on February 12th (Year of the Ox), and the days and weeks leading up to it are meant to prepare for the end of a full year of 12 full cycles of the Moon and the start of a fresh year for many Asian cultures. Although I’m Thai-American, I have some Chinese roots in my family so we always celebrated Chinese New Year in some way. Lunar New Year has become the more inclusive term for it to include many Asian countries and cultures that celebrate.
Some common traditions include a dragon dance to send away evil spirits and giving/receiving money in red envelopes to kids or those (traditionally) before they are married as a sign of prosperity. When I was little, we would go to Philly’s Chinatown and watch the dragon dance and parade, and I always loved how colorful the street was after the fact – filled with a ton of confetti and celebratory decor. I’ll never forget that sight to this day.
If you’re looking for some fun ways to bring Lunar New Year into your home this year, here are some things to help celebrate at home with your family:
(1. Tastes of Lunar New Year Book by Big Cities, Little Foodies, 2. Wool Felt Dumpling Set by Dumpling Mart, 3. Panda Express Lunar New Year Kit (with special recipe, DIY, and aprons by me!), 4. Earrings by ArtsyShinyCloud, 5. BobaParty Red Fish Envelopes, 6. TreasureHuntWithMe Felt Lantern Decoration, 7. SweetandStickyStore Cookies, 8. YumoDesigns Stickers, 9. Wanderlust Lunar New Year ice cream.)
Do you celebrate Lunar New Year or will you celebrate this year?
(Top photo of White Rabbit Candy—a Chinese milk candy that I grew up eating)