The Chinese New Year is one of the most celebrated holidays in Asia and around the world. The festivities center on centuries-old customs rich in symbolism to drive off bad luck and bring good fortune for the year ahead, these include food, lanterns, dragons and fireworks. The upcoming celebrations may be different from previous years, but there are still many ways to safely ring in the new year and attract good luck.
Here are four traditional ways to welcome the Year of the Ox with good energy:
Clean your house
It is best to start the new year with a clean space to boost your mood and motivation. Get organized with storage bins and baskets from Ashley Furniture. Replace damaged appliances with upgrades from Asian Home Appliances and repair door handles, clogged toilets and broken window seals with the help of tools from True Value. Make sure the house is neat and tidy before the clock strikes midnight to get rid of bad luck and negative energies from the past year.
Share your blessings
The giving of red packets or ang pao with crisp bills inside means that you are sharing your blessings and bestowing happiness and good luck to the receiver. Ang pao are usually given to children, but anyone can receive these red packets from friends, family and colleagues.
Go all out in red
Red is the primary color during Chinese New Year celebrations because it symbolizes joy, luck and success. Get in the new year mood by wearing your best red outfit, from trendy homegrown brands like Bench and Penshoppe and accessorize with your favorite Sunnies Studios eyewear. If you are looking for more affordable but still stylish options Surplus Shop has a great variety of red outfits options for you.
Enjoy a festive meal with loved ones
Chinese New Year celebrations would not be complete without Chinese food staples that bring good luck. Gather loved ones for a new year feast and chow down on classic food favorites like dumplings, spring rolls, noodles, wonton, fish and the ever-popular tikoy. Order at Main St. Noodles and Ming Fu through Central Bloc’s Neighborhood Assistant, ANA, for a delectable feast and hassle free preparations.
Welcome the Year of the Ox with various finds and activities at Ayala Malls Central Bloc. Find out if you are in luck this upcoming year with the Chinese Zodiac Horoscope at the Activity Center from February 3 to 12. Get a head start on your new year preparations and shop for food and décor at the OXpicious Market located at the Activity Center from February 8 to 12. Ring in the new year with the loud and vibrant Chinese Percussion on February 12, 6 P.M. at the Activity Center.
You can also shop for food and other items from the comfort of home with the help of Ayala Malls Neighborhood Assistant (ANA). For hassle free shopping, contact ANA on Viber at 09564261692 or message @ANACentralBloc on Facebook Messenger.
Attract good luck and prosperity for the Year of the Ox, and have a happy Chinese New Year at Ayala Malls Central Bloc. For more information, follow Ayala Malls Central Bloc on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AyalaMallsCentralBloc/, @AyalaMallsCentralBloc on Instagram, and join the Viber Community for real-time announcements at https://bit.ly/ayalamallscebuviber.