The Lunar New Year is drawing near this 2018 (16 February) and we've got the perfect party primer for you.
As early as the 14th century B.C., people marked the second new moon of the year – a time to begin planting – with a massive festival.
Since then, people have layered on Lunar or Chinese New Year traditions, most having to do with prosperity and “bringing in wealth” plus taboos that “ward off bad luck.”
In Singapore, orange tree topiaries flank businesses’ doors, lion dances erupt at all hours and the-messier-the-better reunion dinners are quite a sight. Use these dos and don’ts to navigate the season.