Traditions to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Posted on January 29, 2014

CNN's Andrew Young takes a look at some of the traditions associated with Chinese New Year (which is actually called Spring Festival or Lunar New Year in China) which are lesser known in the West. Red envelopes with new bills inside, posters for the front door welcoming the Year of the Horse and tangerines are all ways to attract good fortune in the New Year. Foods for the New Year feast might include dumplings, fish, spring rolls, noodles, cakes, and sweet buns. More expensive items for the table might include dried abalone at $1,300 a pound, Chinese mushrooms and black moss. Sweets are an integral component of the holiday in which millions of Chinese visit relatives for the holiday. It's the largest migration of people on the planet and it happens every year. CNN lists the eleven things you need to know about the Lunar New Year: here. So get your cleaning done and buy some new clothes so you'll be ready to celebrate the New Year in style. Take a look:

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