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Chinese Lunar New Year Traditions

There is still time to get a boost for 2024 by tapping into Chinese New Year traditions before the New Moon on February 9, Chinese New Year’s Eve.

  • Clear out and de-clutter, making room for new opportunities.
  • A drawer, shelf, room, wallet, purse; every little bit makes room for a lot more. Including cleaning up debts and finishing projects. No lending money on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s
  • Clean to prepare for a fresh start. Thoroughly clean windows with all light bulbs working so that all opportunity and wisdom is clear to “see”. Clean mirrors reflect beauty and double what is reflected.
  • Check out the front door entrance; wash the door and make it inviting, maybe it is time for a new welcome mat.
  • Stock the fridge and cupboards with an abundance of fresh, nutritious foods. Having enough leftovers after New Year’s Day assures abundance throughout the new year.
  • A festive, colorful fruit bowl connects our intention to abundance. Oranges and tangerines represent money and prosperity; apples symbolize good health and safety; pineapples symbolize recognition and promotion. Grapes symbolize success and abundance. Feast on noodles; uncut, they represent long life. Invite friends and family for a celebratory dinner.
  • Live, blooming flowers represent rebirth, new growth and new beginnings. Fortunate plants include plum blossoms, bamboo, evergreen pines, pussywillows, peonies and azaleas.
  • Our appearance, actions and attitudes set the tone for the new year. Prepare to strut and indulge in a manicure, pedicure, massage new hair style or any activity to set the intention for the year to come. Prepare a wealth vase as part of an intention to prosper.

On Chinese New Year’s Day, February 10:-

  • The first words spoken should be sweet and filled with love to enjoy for sweetness the next 365 days. No crying or reprimanding anyone. Don’t talk about the past, death or use negative language.
  • The first thing eaten should be sweet, to ensure that only sweetness fills up all days of the new year.
  • Wear new clothes and include something red, whether seen or unseen. Don’t wash hair on New Year’s Day—it will wash THE luck away.
  • WE are all set; no chores are done on New Year’s Day to ensure a smooth AND easy year. Hand out Lucky Red Envelopes filled with rice for prosperous year.

For instructions to make a wealth jar and more red envelope tips, visit

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