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Prepare Today for The Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rabbit

Posted Feb 02 2011 1:05am

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Tomorrow we can celebrate another New Year… the Chinese New Year. February 3rd is the beginning of the lunar year. It will be the Year of the Rabbit!

The Chinese mark the occasion with parades and parties and a long list of traditions intended to bring fortune in the months ahead.

To bring your own luck into the Year of the Rabbit and months ahead, here are a few customs to observe:

 1. Sweep for success.  Clean your house from top to bottom to expel the dust and disappointments of the past year and usher in a bright future. (I think we should do this every month!)

2. Decorate with plants or flowers. These are symbolic of rebirth.

3. Dress for the occasion. Buy new clothes to wear on New Year’s Day; they represent new beginnings. Even better, get something red - it’s considered a lucky color.

4. Add luck to your menu. Have dinner tonight, on Chinese New Year’s Eve with your family, consuming fortune-boosting foods like nian gao (sweet sticky rice cakes), dumplings, and a whole fish, symbolic of progress, togetherness, and abundance. For these recipes and other traditions, visit Parade.com!   

But remember, all work  in #1 and #2 must be done by midnight tonight to usher in the New Year! So, hop to it!!

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