For most Americans, the most notable thing about February 8th will be that it’s the day after the 50th Super Bowl. In Asia, though, it’s a very different story—that Monday marks the Lunar New Year, one of the most important holidays in China, as well as Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, and many other nations.
Also called the Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year is a centuries-old tradition that is celebrated with food, firecrackers, and well-wishes for the coming year—which, this year, is the Year of the Monkey.
What’s Lucky In The Year Of The Monkey
In Western culture, we tend to look at the 12 Zodiac signs of the stars; if you know your “sign,” it’s most likely one of these dozen. However, in much of the Eastern world, it’s the 12 signs of the moon that people look to for guidance and input about their personality traits, future, and potential mates.
One component of the Chinese New Year, though, is the idea of fortune or luck—and each zodiac sign has its own lucky numbers, colors, and even flowers.
Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: white, blue, gold
Lucky Flowers: chrysanthemum
Those born in the Year of the Monkey are said to be mischievous, curious, clever, and playful.
How Swinomish Celebrates Chinese New Year
According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the first day of the Year of the Monkey is technically February 4, but the celebration is on Monday the 8th. And that’s when we’ll be celebrating.
Celebrate Chinese New Year with us for a chance to win up to $100. From noon until midnight, we’ll be packing the place with 153 Hot Seats — that’s 153 chances for you to win! Play any of your favorite slots to be eligible for Hot Seats. If you win, you’ll get to pick a lucky monkey—which comes with a cash prize of $10 to $100!