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    Did you know that a big part of Lunar New Year traditions is finding ways to bring good fortune for the rest of the year? This includes surrounding yourself with lucky charms and shopping for a new look. To share just how important the Spring Festival means to them, we asked 8 inspiring Canadians on what they’re looking forward to this Lunar New Year and the lucky gifts they’re buying for themselves to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

    Oh Emma



    “When it comes to Lunar New Year traditions, I’m most looking forward to the red pockets. When I was a kid, I would collect them all and secretly count the bills with my cousins. The adults would tell us it’s impolite to open them right away, but we do it anyway. Now my daughter opens hers with a big smile on her face and we count them together.” – @oops_ohemma


    What’s on Emma’s shopping list:


    Cher Bai


    “I’m most looking forward to enjoying a big feast with my family. And for good luck, I’ll most likely be wearing red and gold throughout my look and/or makeup to call in all the lucky spirits.” – @chermycloset


    What’s on Cher’s shopping list:



    Justin Wu


    “I’m excited that it’s finally the Year of the Tiger — my zodiac sign! A few traditions I always do is to clean before the spring festival, have dinner with my family on New Year’s Eve and exchange red envelopes. I like that the act of cleaning symbolizes bad luck being swept away and I can start the year anew. During Lunar New Year I like to cook a few dishes that are deemed lucky within Chinese culture. This includes fish for prosperity, wrapping my own dumplings to bring in wealth, and longevity noodles for great health and long life.” – @justinwu


    What’s on Justin’s shopping list:


    Alyssa Lau


    “I’m most looking forward to seeing my family although it’ll likely be digitally again just to keep everyone safe. Also, eating tteok mandu-guk, which is a Korean dish typically eaten on New Years that consists of rice cakes and homemade dumplings (mandus)! It’s a lot of work so it’s a good thing we only eat it for New Years celebrations.” –  @imalyssalau


    What’s on Alyssa’s shopping list:


    Isabelle Cheng (@ allons.y)


    “Spending time with my family and celebrating all the traditions is always my favourite thing, especially after the past few years. It’s nice to have something to look forward to and it’s always a happy time. My favourite family tradition is making dumplings together. We all have our role in the “dumpling assembly line” and it’s always extra special because we did it together.” – @allons.y


    On Isabelle’s shopping wish list:



    Didier Young


    “Lunar New Year has always been a very important celebration for me because my whole family gathers to celebrate over a delicious meal my grandma spent the whole day working on. It is thanks to Lunar New Year that I got to learn to cook some of my family’s dishes just by watching my grandma working on the feast. As such, I think that my favourite thing about the Lunar New year would be the sense of family and community you feel during that time of the year. I also like the red envelopes, too.” – @didieryhc


    What’s on Didier’s shopping list:

    Chloe Zhang


    “Something I look forward to every Lunar New Year is the gathering of the family together and eating a table full of delicious food. Growing up as a kid, one of my favourite traditions is receiving red envelopes (lai see). It symbolizes good luck, good life and happiness to those who receive it.” – @chloezhaang


    On Chloe’s shopping list:

    Qing Zeng


    “I am most looking forward to the food during Lunar New Year. My mom and I always make dumplings from scratch ahead of the new year. It’s a fun activity to do with family–not to mention, we get lots of delicious dumplings from it. – @qingaling


    What’s on Qing’s shopping list:


    “I’m looking forward to buying rice cakes (nian gao) because in Chinese, it sounds like “getting higher year by year,” which is great in terms of income or position. Rice cakes can be made either sweet or savoury. It’s chewy and the perfect addition to any LNY celebration.”

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