Chinese New Year

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Year of the Monkey - Photo by Irene Grynbaum

Year of the Monkey – Photo by Irene Grynbaum

Hands up if you would like to start 2016 all over again! The great news is with Chinese New Year is just around the corner, we all get a second chance on kicking off 2016.

According to Chinese beliefs, there are some important customs one must follow in order to gain some good fortune!

To save all the guesswork for you, here are 4 essential traditions you need to celebrate:

Tradition 1: See The Lanterns 

Did you know that traditionally, the 15th day of the first lunar month marks the first full moon after the Spring Festival? The day is also known as The Lantern Festival day. The lantern symbolises good fortune, people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones. Watching lanterns is an act that celebrates positive relationships especially with the higher beings as they are believed for bringing the light each year. In conclusion: go see the lanterns!

Where: lanterns lights up on 2nd February at Emporium Melbourne Lower Ground near Urban Kitchen

Tradition 2: Pray To Gods Of Prosperity

One of the biggest Chinese New Year traditions is heading to temples. People burn incense sticks and pray to Gods of Prosperity for blessings, longevity and health for themselves and their loved ones. Don’t know any temples in Melbourne? Visit Emporium Melbourne between 11:30am to 3pm during 2 February – 4 February and Gods of Prosperity will be roaming around and spreading some New Year charm. A perfect lunchtime activity for the city workers!

Where: Emporium Melbourne – 287 Lonsdale St

Photo by Peter Parker-Ubermensch

Photo by Peter Parker-Ubermensch

Tradition 3: Wear New Clothes

Chinese people believe that purchasing new items symbolizes welcoming new things and getting ready for a new start. Red is regarded as the most auspicious hue. So make sure you get something red! With most brands are launching their A/W season, there sure will be plenty to choose from! P.S. do we really need an excuse for shopping?

Where: head to Marimekko at Emporium Melbourne for some inspiring prints!

Tradition 4: Eat A Big Family Meal

The New Year’s Eve dinner is the most important dinner of the year for Chinese. It is called “the family reunion dinner”. Dumplings are one of the most significant dishes especially in Northern China. Why? The shape of dumping is similar to ancient gold ingots. Do we need to say more? Indulge away! If you are still on a post Christmas diet, grab yourself a little snack. Fortune cookies will be handed out at Emporium Melbourne between 11am to 2pm on 8 February. The inspirational quotes might swipe away that post holiday blues.

Where: for dumplings, try New Shanghai at Level Three, Emporium Melbourne

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