What to do for Chinese Lunar New Year

Here are a few tips to get your  Year of the Dog off to a wonderful start:

So first let’s first begin by doing some house cleaning.

Make sure all your lights are working. Replace burnt out light bulbs, polish your mirrors and clean your windows.

Liven up your home with fresh flowers and some new plants. Orchids, narcissus and lucky bamboo are favored.

Plan a New Year’s dinner and celebrate with family and friends.

Enjoy plenty of good food, include many different dishes.

Make enough to have leftovers, this symbolizes that you’ll have money rolling into the next year.

Play music and games.

Give your children gifts of money in red envelopes.

Avoid pointed or sharp objects. Getting poked by pins, or getting cut can be a harbinger of surgery to come.

Dress in “up-beat” clothing or new clothes. Wearing red underwear is also favored.

If anything breaks, like a cup or plate during New Year say “Fall to the floor and burst into bloom!”

Refrain from cursing, this will affect your luck for the year. If you should curse inadvertently say “Tong yen woo chi!” to reverse the affect.

Surround yourself with colorful fruit so that you will have a fruitful 2014:
**Oranges and tangerines represent money and wealth for the coming year.
**Apples symbolize good health and safety.
**Pineapples symbolize fame and promotion.

These are all good things to have in your house during the New Year celebration which lasts two weeks and ends with the evening Lantern Festival March 2nd.