Starting the Year of the Pig – Our Chinese New Year Celebration
We love celebrating our diverse cultures, and Chinese New Year on February 5, 2019 marked the beginning of the Year of the Pig. We enjoyed our Dragon Dance in celebration of Chinese New Year. Thank you to Kung Fu Academy for making this celebration extra special!
Our children were brave to feed the dragon with red envelopes to start the Year of the Pig with good fortune, wishes for good health, happiness and prosperity for everyone.
Chinese New Year represents the most important holiday in Asian culture. It is a 10-to 15-day period of celebration, a time to visit family, close and far, and to enjoy music, conversations and great food. For many Asian people, it is the only holiday throughout the year where they can travel to be with family. Asian families start the New Year with a clean house, new clothing, hair cuts, as well as decorations, flowers, fruits and fresh food in the house for family meals to bring in the New Year.
The red envelopes contain crisp new bills to start the new year with new money. In Asian culture, starting the year with new money makes good fortune more likely. Children are the main recipients of red envelopes, and so are single persons.
Children are dressed up in traditional clothing with red and gold as the most celebrated colors.
There is a distinct order of family visits. The first day of the New Year is celebrated at the husband’s family home, while the second day is spent with the wife’s family. Grandparents are the cornerstone of family, and they are always transported to the respective homes. The visits continue across extended family and friends throughout the New Year celebration period.
Wishing you good health, happiness and prosperity for the Year of the Pig!