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- The Lunar New Year, an auspicious time for many people, takes place on February 12.
- From candy to clothing and toys to books, here are 15 gift recommendations you can get to celebrate the occasion.
- Check out all of our gift guides for more ideas.
The Lunar New Year falls on February 12, 2021. Traditionally celebrated with extended family reunions and dinners, this year will be a bit different and subdued as fewer people will be gathering due to safety measures and travel restrictions around the world. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t take part in some of the traditions, whether you’re on your own or with your immediate family.
Gifting revolves around the giving of red envelopes (“hong bao” or “lai see”), usually from adults to children. These packets signify the bestowing of good fortune — for kids, it’s the money inside that gets them excited. Otherwise, rather than lavish objects, people usually gift smaller meaningful items, such as oranges and candy.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself, whether it’s decorating your home to mark the event, cooking a nice meal, or buying new clothes. If you really want to get traditional, make sure you observe the superstitions, such as no cleaning on the first day of the New Year, giving cut flowers, wearing all white or black, and others.
While our gift recommendations skew toward Chinese New Year traditions, which is often associated with Lunar New Year, the occasion is also celebrated by Koreans (Seollal), Vietnamese (Tet), Tibetans (Losar), Mongolians (Tsagaan Sar), and others. However, they all share similar values and anybody can take part. Note that many people observe the event for two weeks, so you have plenty of time to celebrate.