Lunar New Year is celebrated in different places and in different ways. Read about some of the traditions below and then share some of yours!
Showing respect to elders
In many parts of Asia, the younger generation greet their parents and grandparents with good wishes for the year ahead and show their respect for the older generation. For example, in Korea, the young people kneel on the ground and bow deeply. They receive an envelope of lucky money from their parents or grandparents too.
In China, many people eat fish dishes because the Chinese word for 'fish' sounds similar to 'surplus', meaning you will have plenty.
In Korea, people serve a special soup. Thin pieces of rice cake are boiled in a clear soup with slices of beef and vegetables. The rice cake pieces are round and may represent coins and money. It is said that eating this soup at New Year makes you one year older. People joke that if you have two bowls of soup, you'll be two years older!
Inviting lucky people
In Viet Nam, people believe that the first person to enter their home in the New Year will decide their fortune for the year ahead. They are careful to invite someone who is kind, well behaved and successful.
What about you?
- Do you have any traditions like these in your country or culture?
- What traditions in your country or culture are meaningful to you?
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