Mon, Jan 26, 2009 - Page 10 News List

New Year traditions (part I) 新年傳統(一)


A ccording to tradition, there are certain rituals and events that should be carried out on each of the first 15 days of the New Year. Here is your guide to day 1.


It’s the first day of the New Year, so whatever happens today will set the tone for the rest of the year. That means there’s a long list of things that you should and shouldn’t do.


You should definitely be wearing new clothes. Some families, especially the children, change into their new clothes at the stroke of midnight. The new clothes symbolize a fresh start for the year ahead. If you’re staying with a family that celebrates the New Year, then expect to see lots of family members and be prepared to hand out red envelopes to the younger members. You can greet all family members and close friends with “Gongxifacai,” a traditional wish for prosperity.


For lunch you might be offered the leftovers from yesterday’s banquet. That’s because knives symbolize danger and evil, so people prefer to keep them in the drawer and avoid cooking until today has passed. After lunching on leftovers, try to avoid the temptation to take a nap. If you do, you might find that you’re lazy for the rest of the year! (JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)



» To be continued tomorrow...



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