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Celebrated across the world, Lunar New Year is a time for optimism and hope for the future. Here’s how to choose the best outfits, gifts and food for this special occasion
This Lunar New Year falls on 1 February 2022. As the first holiday in the lunar calendar, the festival represents new beginnings. It’s observed all over East and Southeast Asia, each country with their own traditions, and celebrated across the globe. From wearing new outfits in fortuitous colours to gathering for family feasts full of symbolic dishes, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the festival and welcome in a bright and optimistic year ahead. In China, celebrations last for 15 days, while in Vietnam, preparations and festivities begin from the Christmas season to celebrate Tết. Homes are dressed in red and yellow to bring good fortune, and people consider what they do on the dawn of the Lunar New Year to determine their fate for the whole year.
When it comes to gift giving for Lunar New Year, the name of the game is good fortune. Did you know, across East and South East Asian cultures, married couples and parents give red envelopes containing money to wish children good health and luck? And there are plenty of holiday gift ideas, too. A fruit hamper, especially with tangerines or oranges, makes a thoughtful gift: the words for these fruits resemble the words for luck and success in Chinese. Alternatively, luxury tins of tea or brand-new homeware to welcome fortune to their house are bound to please.
To commemorate the first day of Lunar New Year, the easiest tradition to get involved with is to gather loved ones together for a feast. Along with New Year snacks, placed in a round ‘Tray of Togetherness’ with six compartments to greet visiting guests, families celebrate by preparing lucky dishes, including fish (served whole), spring rolls, fruit, glutinous rice cakes, dumplings, rice balls and noodles – thought to symbolise longevity and happiness.
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