Lucky Colors: Green, red, and purple.
Compatibility: Tiger, Goat or Dog
2014 is the Year of the Horse, energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Among the Chinese are other countries who observe the holiday, such as the Vietnamese and Koreans. The holiday brings on the biggest celebration with firecrackers, lion dances, and many festivities into the night. Some traditions include putting money in red envelopes and handing them to children after they pay their respects to their elders. Afterwards, everyone plays various games together with their fortune.
The celebration is full of legends, myths, and superstition. Families stay up celebrate and believe the first person to visit will bring with them the same luck. For this reason, people who may have had a lost in the family will not visit anyone else during celebration. In fact, some people will leave their homes shortly before midnight and re-enter after midnight just to be sure. There is also suspicion of an evil creature called, The Year. It comes and causes trouble, but it is believed to be afraid of the color red and loud noises, hence the firecrackers and people wearing red. People will also clean their homes, but not sweep afterwards as to not “sweep away the good luck.”
The first night is reserved for family celebrations and will consist of plenty of food, loud noises, games, and making a mess! The days that follow will be celebrations with family and friends. The food is made days ahead and consists of sticky rice, beans, coconut, meat dishes, and cake. Each family has their own traditions, but the holiday is always fun to celebrate and reminds me of some of my happiest memories!