Skip to comments.Chinese New Year 2020 - The Year of the Rat
Posted on 01/23/2020 11:09:58 AM PST by Dacula
I am asking for assistance in respecting neighbors that have lived in my neighborhood for two+ years.
Each year they decorate their home as we do for Christmas. This year I would like to respect their religion and customs but giving them a present for the Lunar New Year - January 23rd.
What is a good gift? We were at an Asian market this morning and many people had carts filled with oranges by the case. We were too preoccupied to understand the meaning of their purchase.
I have since purchased two brass bells, coins and candy to give as a gift.
What is the best protocol in giving and being respectful?
RE: Chinese New Year 2020 - The Year of the Rat
Rats bring the plague.
box of N95 masks... and distance.
It better not be the Year of the Rats here in the US.
What’s up with Asia & pandemic viruses?
Seems the year has been aptly named, seeing as how they are dealing with a plague of sorts.
Red paper money ($2 in a red envelope) is always a hit with my Chinese friends!
This year I used these great copper coins instead...
Sweets and a nicely wrapped tin of loose tea.
Thank you Megan.
Also this link: 21 Things You Didnt Know About Chinese New Year
I am always nervous about giving tea as a gift. My flavor of tea is always toward Green tea. Not knowing what to get, I do not want to offend.
Celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year is a custom, not a religion.
Traditionally, the whole family gather together and make dumplings from scratch. That being dumpling shape looks like the gold nuggets used centuries (?) ago. So making/eating dumplings bring good luck for the coming new year. ===> Yes, I am from Taiwan and I consider myself Chinese.
I used to invite friends/co-workers for the tradition, and told them “Now you’ve been adopted to the Family”.
A good gift would be a Chinese New Year card, just like Christmas card (if you can find it in Chinese grocery stores or China Town). So the recipients won’t feel monetary burden to reciprocate the kind gesture.
Otherwise, you can Bing search online, there are free greetings/images you can download. ===> As the American saying goes, it is the thought that counts.
At least the Plague is curable!............
They love green tea.
And sweets signify a “sweet year”.
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