By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition
Chinese New Year is an important festival celebrated on the first day of the Chinese calendar, February 8th. Millions of Asian Americans will ring in the New Year with reunion dinners, dumplings, fireworks and lion dances.
The two main reasons for the festival are to celebrate a year of hard work by feasting with family and to wish luck and prosperity in the coming year. Much like in the Western culture, Chinese New Year serves as a remembrance of the passing year, yet it brings some unique traditions and superstitions.
How to celebrate Chinese New Year
With more than 18 million people scattered throughout the country who may observe the “Lunar New Year”, you'll find major celebrations with parades and festivities in nearly every major city in the U.S.
Certain foods are considered lucky because of their symbolic meanings and are consumed during the festival. Eating fish, which in Chinese sounds like the word surplus, is believed to bring an excess of money and good luck.
Tangerines or Mandarin oranges are traditionally present during celebrations for their symbol of good fortune. They are displayed as decoration or presented as gifts to friends, relatives and business owners.
Giving red envelopes filled with money to unmarried children in their family is a custom at Chinese New Year, representing good fortune. Chinese employers will also present them to their employees as a year-end bonus and to their customers to thank them for their business. You will also see red envelopes being fed to the lion's mouth which eliminates negative energy and brings good luck for the year.
There are also certain customs and superstitions that many Chinese adhere to during the start the new year.
2016 – A Year of the Monkey
In Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign. February 8th, 2016 through January 27th, 2017 marks the Year of the Monkey and those born during Monkey years can learn about their lucky charms below.
Some things like career success cannot rely on luck alone. Monkeys are said to have prosperous careers in 2016 if they keep their focus and discipline.
No matter what year you were born, we hope the year of the Monkey brings you good fortune, health, happiness, peace and prosperity!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!