Celebrate the Lunar New Year with us!
Lunar new year (春节 chūn jíe ) is celebrated on the first day of the lunar calendar. It is a celebration that looks forward to the spring season and a time where families gather together for a reunion dinner and is celebrated by many asian cultures. These culture share similar themes of family, food, and blessings.
Family (家庭 jiā tíng ):
Lunar new year is a time to gather with your family, but it isn’t uncommon to also gather with friends, neighbors, and even strangers. It is a time to exercise hospitality and serve one another.
Food (食物 shí wù ):
Just like with many western celebration, food is very important. Food gathers people and grows relationship between one another. Contrary to the individual portion sizes we see in America, meals in Asia are shared family style. In this way, everyone can have the pleasure of tasting a wide variety of foods. In Chinese culture, it is also common for one to serve others before serving yourself. Usually the elders and children are served first out of respect and love, and then men and women.
Blessings (福 fú ):
Of the many traditions on Lunar new years, receiving red pockets (红包) is probably one that most young people look forward to. Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, bosses, etc would give red pockets as a symbol of transferring wealth from the older generation to the younger generation. Upon receiving the red pocket, greetings and blessings ranging from health, happiness, and prosperity are exchanged. In past Lunar New Year celebrations at High Rock Church, we have a tradition of writing blessings and advices, putting it in the red envelope, and exchanging it with someone else.