How to Attract Love and Luck in Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year! Even though you missed the official celebration, there are ways you can help bring love and luck into your life. Whether you're a monkey, horse, or rat, keep reading to find out how.

Hudson Yang celebrates Chinese New Year on "Fresh Off the Boat" (Photo: ABC)

Last week I was watching an episode of "Fresh Off the Boat" where I learned about the importance of Chinese New Year. The Since there are not that many Asian families in their newly adopted home of Orlando, they feel they won't be able to celebrate it at all this year. Their main point was that none of their non-Asian friends understood what the holiday means to them.

What is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history. It is the most important annual celebration for Chinese people. The holiday honors deities, both household and heavenly, as well as ancestors.

When is Chinese New Year?

This year, Chinese New Year began on Monday, February 8th and it will last for 15 days.

Where can you celebrate?

If you live in Los Angeles like I do, you're in luck! There's a big celebration happening on Saturday, February 13th from noon-8pm at 943 N. Broadway. There will be a parade from 1-3pm.

If you live in other cities, Google locations right now! I bet you'll find many especially in San Francisco and New York City.

Chinese New Year Celebration in Hong Kong 2016 (Photo: Getty Images)

How to bring love and luck?

The Hong Kong Tourism Board, suggests you follow these traditions:

Walk around a Peach Blossom Tree to get Mr. or Ms. Right next year.

Peach blossoms symbolize luck in love. To attract this luck, find the best Peach Blossom tree in the flower market and walk around it three times in a clockwise direction. Your Mr. or Ms. Right is bound to show up in the New Year.

If you have enough space in your house, consider buying a Peach Blossom tree so that the luck of love stays in your home for the whole year!

Get a Tangerine Tree for Good Luck and Fortune in the New Year

In Chinese, the character and pronunciation of “Tangerine” and “Luck” are the same, and the color of tangerines is a bit like gold. This makes it the perfect auspicious item for a business person. People who do business will have a tangerine tree at home or at the shop front to wish for “great luck, great profit” in the coming year.

Spin Away the Bad Luck and Attract Good Luck with a Pinwheel 

So last year wasn’t that great? Get a Pinwheel! 

According to Chinese customs, spinning a pinwheel wards off the bad luck, and brings good fortune. “Spinning” in Chinese has the same meaning as “change”, so by spinning the wheel, you can “change” your luck from bad to good.

Bring Warm Blessings to your House with Hand-Written Fai Chun

Fai Chun is red paper with phrases wishing good luck, prosperity, and other blessings. People stick Fai Chun on the door to make the coming year a fruitful and lucky one.

Don’t worry if you don’t understand Chinese, because the golden writing by the calligraphy master is sure to be appropriate and makes it an art piece to be showcased at home, giving your home an authentic Hong Kong touch.

Decorate your House with Plenty of Red for a Jubilant Festive Atmosphere

For Chinese people, red is associated with "happiness and good fortune". If you decorate your house in red, it means good fortune and happiness will stay in your home.

During Chinese New Year, people visit relatives and friends. Your home decorations will give your home a jubilant festive atmosphere and your guests a warm blessing for a Happy New Year.


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