Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year

January 23 2012,

Happy New Year! May the new year bring plenty of joy, wealth and good health.

Here are a few rituals and traditions that we follow just before the new year and for the new year day. Note that there are many other beliefs and traditions, and the ones below are just the ones we follow.
  • Before the new year, the house must be clean and in order.
  • Cut your nails and hair before the new year. 
  • One must not cut hair or nails on the new year day.
  • Have a new year's eve feast, that consist of noodles, shrimp and fish.
  • On new year's day, nothing can be cleaned, swept or washed.
  • Wear red on new year's day.
According to our neighbor, people who are born in the year of the dragon, because it is the year of the dragon, should wear a red belt all year around. I googled and found one site which said that wearing some kind of red thread is fine too, like on the ankle or wrist bracelet. Time for me to go to the craft store and buy red embroidery thread and brush up on the techniques on how to do a friendship bracelet. Hubby says he won't wear it, I guess I just have to do it for the two of us.

Happy New Year,
Quilt & Bitch

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