Everyone hopes that the Lunar New Year will be a lucky year for them, and Chinese people follow many traditions to boost their fortunes. Read on to learn more about some of them, and how to improve your fortune in the Year of the Dragon, which begins on February 10.
1. 5 ways to improve your luck in the Year of the Dragon 2024
There are 60 deities in Chinese astrology – one for each of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs (which correspond to Jupiter's approximately 12-year orbital cycle) along with the five elements of Chinese astrology (metal, wood, earth, fire, and water).
These gods rule one by one over a 60-year cycle. The current ruling god is known as the Grand Duke of Jupiter, or Tai suifor that year.
2. Lucky Foods for Lunar New Year: Everything you need to know
Chinese people are practical food lovers. The dishes and ingredients served during Chinese New Year are meant to bring wealth, health, and happiness in the coming year (along with some for the kids, too) — but they're also delicious.
3. Fat Choy: The “lucky” Chinese New Year food that turned the Earth into a desert
Among the foods commonly associated with Chinese New Year are whole fish or chicken, plump shrimp, glutinous rice cakes, turnip cake and – perhaps the least attractive of them all, clumps of braised hairweed, usually placed on a plate of cooked lettuce. And dried oysters.
4. What to wear for Chinese New Year?
You can't go wrong with a fresh set of red or gold clothes to celebrate Chinese New Year.
5. Why should you wear your lucky red underwear for Lunar New Year?
In Chinese culture, red, black and white are considered the three main “primary” colors.
Red – the most popular color – symbolizes life and its many positive aspects. Therefore, it is often associated with liveliness and happiness, as well as wealth, luck and success, writes author Louisa Tam.
6. Is Rihanna proof that children in the Year of the Dragon are luckier than others?
It is believed that the Year of the Dragon is a very suitable year to have children.
There are more births registered in Hong Kong and China in the Year of the Dragon than in any other year in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese calendar.
7. Five Chinese Lunar New Year traditions we rarely adhere to – like not cleaning
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