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Lunar New Year

Updated: Feb 24

The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a celebration deeply rooted in rich traditions and cultural significance. As we usher in the Year of the Dragon it's a time to reflect on the timeless customs that bind generations together, while also embracing new practices that add a modern twist to the festivities.


Lunar New Year

Old Traditions:

Lunar New Year brings with it a myriad of ancient customs that have been passed down through centuries. Families come together to honour their ancestors, offering prayers and lighting incense to pay respects. The iconic red decorations symbolize good luck and ward off evil spirits, while traditional feasts are prepared featuring symbolic dishes like dumplings, fish, and noodles.


New Traditions:

For those who grow up outside of their heritage country, Lunar New Year celebrations can look a little different. Social media platforms become virtual gathering spaces, allowing families separated by distance to share their joy and festive moments. Technology bridges gaps, enabling loved ones to exchange digital red envelopes, a contemporary take on the age-old tradition of gifting money for good luck.


Blending Old with New:

The beauty of Lunar New Year lies in its ability to harmoniously blend old and new traditions. Wearing traditional attire, such as the qi pao, ao dai, kimono, and hanbok, adorned with modern flair, reflecting the fusion of cultural pride and contemporary fashion. Families may still engage in the time-honoured traditions such as sharing family meals that include fish for prosperity, noodles for longevity, and candies for a sweet life. While recognizing that some traditions are harder to uphold in the modern day such as not washing hair, sweeping, using scissors, eating congee, or arguing,

As we enter the Lunar New Year, we honour the past, celebrate the present, and welcome the future with open arms.


Wishing you and your families a joyous and prosperous Year of Dragon!

 

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