As the Year of the Tiger approaches, we are reflecting on three Lunar New Year traditions. These traditions are typically observed in the Eastern world, but can be adopted by everyone! 

From refreshing our living spaces to appreciating those who came before us, these traditions are useful to reset, refresh and revive. 

If you’re looking to ring in the New Year with some positive vibes, keep scrolling. Let us know in the comments which traditions you’ll be adopting this year!

Clean and Declutter

In the last days of the year, you can find those who celebrate Lunar New Year cleaning every crevasse, corner and counter. Cleaning is a way of clearing out the proverbial dust of the past year. 

Bring in the new year with fresh sparkly good luck. Plus, who doesn’t love the peace of mind of walking on sparkling floors, making coffee in a spotless kitchen and curling up under freshly laundered sheets?

Celebrate Our Ancestors

Reflecting and appreciating how we came to be through our ancestors is an integral aspect of Lunar New Year.

As we navigate uncertain times, we should embrace our lineage. The challenges that were overcome and endured by our relatives gives our lives deeper meaning and a sense of purpose. It allows us to view our circumstances from a wider lens and higher perspective.

Spread the Wealth

We’ve all seen the red envelopes (hongbao in Mandarin and lai see in Cantonese), symbolizing good luck in the New Year. 

These days, virtual red envelopes on apps like WeChat have become popular. They enable people to wish their loved ones a Happy New Year from a distance. 

Those who celebrate the Lunar New Year give red envelopes to their parents, grandparents, children, friends and other relatives. Finding a way to appreciate and celebrate those we love is the best way to ring in a year of abundance and joy. 

Happy New Year to our Chinosity family, wherever you are in the world! We hope you enjoyed this article on Lunar New Year traditions we can all learn from. We look forward to celebrating a fresh 2022 with all of you. 


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Maya Ono

Maya Ono is a food and lifestyle writer whose work can be found in publications including EaterLA and Westchester Magazine. When she’s not writing, Maya is spending time with her dog Sweet Pea and checking out her new favorite wellness ritual or tasty eatery.
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