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Growing up in a Chinese household and with fairly traditional parents, Chinese New Year has always been a pretty big deal. I won’t lie though, as a kid, it was all about the red envelopes (with money inside as a symbol of good luck). But as the years have passed and now that I’m an adult, Chinese New Year has become more about gaining a deeper understanding of my cultural roots and developing a greater appreciation for all things CNY – the food, the traditions, the celebrations, etc.

Traditions and Superstitions

My parents made us practice pretty much every possible CNY superstition you can think of – cleaning the house (to sweep away bad luck), not washing our hair on CNY (washes away good luck), and only speaking words of affirmation. With four other siblings in the house, the latter was a massive challenge!! If you’re planning to partake in some of these or other Chinese New Year taboos or superstitions, you still have a bit of time. Spring Festival a.k.a Chinese New Year kicks off this year with the new moon on January 28th and ends on the full moon 15 days later. Yes, that’s right, 15 full days later!!  January 28th also signifies that start to the year of the rooster.

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Fish symbols stand for increased prosperity

This month we are greatly inspired by the color red; found everywhere during Chinese New Year. Red symbolizes good luck and happiness. Here are 10 red items to help welcome the year of the Fire Rooster in style.

  1. These Dynasty Napkin Rings from Kim Seybert will stand out in any table setting. They come in sets of 4.
  2. The Ora Desk Lamp is a truly rare piece by Australian designer Ross Gardam. Production is limited to twenty-five individually numbered gold pieces.
  3. Enjoy this modern rendition of chopsticks made of Macassar Ebony.
  4. Yet another modern adaptation of Chinese culture, this Lucky Envelope contains teabags of Organic Long Life Green and Organic Imperial Oolong.
  5. This Capiz placemat from Kim Seybert is  perfect for anyone seeking to brighten up a family table with the spirit of the New Year.
  6. Rouge Louboutin is a signature lip color from Christian Louboutin’s Beauty collection that doubles up as a piece of jewelry sure to complement your outfit perfectly at a Chinese New Year dinner.
  7. This 62% dark chocolate rooster by Thomas Haas ushers in the Year of the Fire Rooster with a handmade creation aimed at showing respect to the tenth sign in the Chinese Zodiac.
  8. Get regal with the Harcourt 1841 Louis Philippe Glass by Baccarat for your Chinese New Year table. As an ode to a piece commissioned by King Louis-Philippe in 1841, this glass will add a royal element to your dining experience.
  9. These red napkins are from the Sferra Collection, which we ordered through Fine Linens in New York.
  10. We absolutely love the Febo High Back Dinnerchair from Maxalto. Look closely at the blanket stich details.

What are your top 10 picks for the Chinese New Year?

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