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Happy Lunar New Years 2010!

Posted February 13th, 2010 by Peter · 6 Comments

Happy Lunar New Years 2010, the 4707th one in recorded history!


It’s about that time again! This years’ Lunar New Years festivities will wrap up on the 15th of February, which means the largest celebrations known to Asian people (with Han-Chinese connection) will be going on as well. Join us today on SAPL as we share a bit about Asia’s answer to the Super Bowl and NBA All Star Game, (which is coming up this Sunday if you didn’t know).


To begin, Lunar New Years/Chinese New Years/Spring Festival/Seollal (Korea)/Losar (Tibet and Bhutan)/Tsagaan Sar (Mongolia)/Tết (Vietnam)/Oshogatsu (for the Japanese before 1873) is arguably the most important time of the year for all of Asia. Starting February 1st, a countdown full of deity welcoming, married daughters meeting their mothers, getting into arguments, and wonderful food preparation begins.

This is followed by a customary New Years Dinner (which is as important as Christmas Dinner in America), house cleaning for good luck throughout the year, clothes shopping, haircuts, and best of all …

chinese_envelope_thumb… Red Envelopes! After wishing their elders and parents heartfelt blessings of good health, Asians also receive Red Envelopes with money or gift cards today. These can range from crisp cut 2 dollar bills to 20 dollars for the average person; and 100-500 dollars per envelop for wealthier Asian families. In the end, the money shouldn’t really matter.

Lunar New Years is a time of rebirth and beginnings. Asians are expected to forget their burdens and forgive their loved ones for past wrongs. It’s a time where extended families come together to fellowship with one another, teach children about respect, and celebrate their culture even though they are so far removed from their physical homes.

For more information on Lunar New Years, check out the Wikipedia page.

Please share your New Years Traditions with the SAPL family in the comments section of this post. We’d love to hear about your experiences, memories, and traditions in all of your cultures (not just Asian).

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 got-rice // Feb 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    For many of u$ younger Asian$, New Year’$ is pay day.

  • 2 Yen-Hong Tran // Feb 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Excellent Post! Happy New Year!!

  • 3 in-business-blog // Feb 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    That is a lot of luna new years!

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  • 6 free downloadable embroidery designs patterns // Apr 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I can’t say that I completely agree, but then once more I’ve never actually thought of it quite like that before. Thanks for giving me something to consider when I’m supposed to have an empty mind although trying to fall asleep tonight lol..

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