Tag Archives: chinese lunar new year


Wearing Red for Lunar New Year

Background: My informant is a friend of mine of Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese heritage. His parents are both from Taiwan and are mixed between Chinese, indigenous Taiwanese, and Japanese. The purpose of the call was specifically so that I could gather folklore from my informant, and they were aware about that as well.  Context: This… Continue Reading »

Cutting Hair for Chinese New Year

[The subject is MW. Her words are bolded, mine are not.] ME: Can you tell me about a Chinese New Year tradition? MW: Chinese New Year, or Chinese New Year eve, we will put the whole table. Mother cook, or have the servant cook, all kinds of goodies, but we cannot eat first. But they… Continue Reading »

Origin of Chinese New Year Fireworks

Informant: M, a 21-year-old, Chinese male who grew up in Beijing until he turned 17 before moving to the United States. He now lives in Los Angeles, California, and attends the University of Southern California with his girlfriend who is from Southern China. Background info: M’s first language was Mandarin. His family spoke Mandarin and he… Continue Reading »

“Ya Sui Qian”

So there is a tradition in China: Elder generations will give lucky money to younger generations during the Chinese Lunar New Year. The reason why parents choose to give their offspring lucky money come from a story as follows: A long time ago, there was a monster named “Sui.” It came out every New Year’s… Continue Reading »