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Lunar New Year

In China,

several neighboring countries and the diasporic cultural community around the world, Lunar New Year is one of the most anticipated and celebrated times of the entire year. Each year is marked by one of the 12 zodiac animals. 2023 is the year of the rabbit. 

Red is an important color.

Everyone wears red and doorways are decorated with red charms and good luck characters. Firecrackers and loud lion dancers brings more luck and ward off evil

Kids receive ‘hongbao’ (red envelope with money inside)

Families gathering is essential. It is a time for traveling to see all extended family as well as hosting them in your house.

Food that families eat together:

Oranges for ‘good luck’, Fish for ‘abundance’, and Rice balls for ‘unity.’ Often chosen for their auspicious name, with homophonous meanings. 

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