February 5th marks the start of the Year of the Earth Pig, the last sign of the twelve-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. We send happy wishes for a successful new year to all of our children, families, educators, and supporters.
Join Wu Yee at these free Lunar New Year Celebrations:
Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
1601 Lane Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day
Grant Avenue from California to Broadway, and Sacramento, Washington, Jackson & Pacific
between Stockton & Kearny.
Here are some Chinese traditions surrounding Lunar New Year:
Excerpted from www.chineseamericanfamily.com/chinese-new-year
Much like the celebration of the New Year in the Western world, Chinese New Year is all about the hopeful spirit of renewal. The holiday’s traditions, symbols and rituals are all meant to wipe the slate clean and prepare for prosperity, good luck and happiness in the new year. Simply put, every Chinese New Year is a new beginning. Today, Chinese New Year is celebrated with fireworks and family dinners by more than a billion people around the world. Each step of the way is an opportunity to create family memories, teach elements of Chinese culture and have fun. Chinese New Year is the most highly anticipated Chinese holiday of the year for good reason — it’s a time of high spirits, bustling energy and many happy reunions.
A Chinese red envelope (known as lai see in Cantonese and hong bao in Mandarin) is simply an ornate red pocket of paper the size of an index card. They’re commonly decorated with beautiful Chinese calligraphy and symbols conveying good luck and prosperity on the recipient. Though they’re unquestionably a symbol associated with Chinese New Year, red envelopes are also given for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions.
When exchanging red envelopes, it is the relationship that counts most. Red envelopes are a way to bring your nearest and dearest closer to you during the most important time of the year.
Welcome the new year (and wake your neighbors) by lighting firecrackers at midnight and opening all of your windows and doors. You’ll send off the old year, scare off evil spirits and welcome good luck into your home. At the stroke of midnight, the new year’s zodiac animal enters, takes its throne and bestows and renewed sense of hope.
New Year’s Day is generally a quiet affair. People emerge quietly from their homes, dressed in new clothes and acting on their best behavior. No one works, cooks or cleans and foul language, negativity and unlucky words are avoided at all costs. Give red envelopes, eat leftovers, greet neighbors with messages of good luck and remember that New Year’s Day sets the tone for the rest of the year.