Chinese New Year ( Lunar New Year ) Year of the Dog
Happy New Year! This particular Chinese New Year is very special for our family because my son Alvieri was born the year of the Dog, meaning 12 years have past and the next time it’s his year again he will be 24 years old! Yikes! This all makes me feel very nostalgic, because timelines are passing through my head as I write this. Mom feelings aside, I want to share with you all how we celebrate Chinese New Year/ The Lunar New Year.
Since my husband and my son are both first born like my father-in-law so we have the family’s ancestor shrine in our home and it will be in our family for as long there are first sons. As tradition the head of the family prays and calls upon the ancestors on Lunar New Years Eve by offering the money and treats to ask them to join us for the Lunar New Year celebrations. If they are content with the family they join us for the celebrate and we feast with them.
I love to dress the kids up in red because it brings good luck and decorate the house to make it as festive and cheerful as possible. Usually my mother-in-law brings the kids outfits back from her annual trips from Taiwan, but this year I went to a specialty shop I’ve shopped for years Pearl River in Chinatown N.Y. they specialize in all things Asian and I can always count on them to have all of the decor and traditional outfits I need.
For Chinese New Year/Luna New Year’s Day we all get together at my mother-in-laws place and enjoy each others company over a shabu shabu/ hot pot feast.
The kids are always excited to receive lucky envelopes from family and friends, to them it’s like Christmas all over again!