Lunar New Year is Jan. 22, 2023. It's also typically celebrated for several days before or after, depending on the culture. In addition to China, where it originated, Lunar New Year (often called Chinese New Year) is also observed in Vietnam (where it's known as Tết), Korea and several other Southeast Asian communities worldwide.
Get rid of the old, and bring in new luck! Try to do this sustainably:
Make sure some of the decorations you buy or make can be stored and reused next year. That means not every decoration needs to say "2023" or feature a rabbit or cat – for Chinese, 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, and for Vietnamese, it's the Year of the Cat.
Red flowers symbolize luck for Lunar New Year. Instead of buying real flowers (with their pesticides and plastic wrap), buy or make paper flowers you can reuse every year. Children can make these peoniesexternal link , for example, with surplus and scrap paper and supplies.
You can also go natural with branches, berries or buds from the garden.
Go green with your red envelopes
Red envelopes, often stuffed with money, represent good fortune in the New Year. Keep the red envelopes you receive to use again next year. Or upcycle your used red envelopes – turn them into paper craftsexternal link and use them for decorations.
When giving red envelopes, tuck in the flaps instead of gluing them, to make them easier to reuse.
Have a plan for your Lunar New Year leftovers, to share or enjoy later! Reuse plastic packaging for leftover storage when possible. For purchasing and storing your food ingredients, King County's online Too Good to Waste food storage guide has tips in six languages.
When shopping for food for Lunar New Year, save money and reduce waste by basing the amount of food you buy on the number of people you’ll be hosting. Use the handy Save the Food Guest-imatorexternal link , from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Clean out the old, welcome the new
Spring cleaning is an important tradition of Lunar New Year. It symbolizes ridding your home of any bad luck, to allow room for good luck in the upcoming year. Make your cleaning for Lunar New Year sustainable this year! King County's Hazardous Waste Management Program resources help you choose safer cleaning products, or make your own.