Happy Lunar New Year

Gold Chinese dragon on a red background, with text announcing Happy Lunar New Year.

Prepare for Lunar New Year with red Year-of-the-Dragon envelopes from TwinStar! To celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, we're offering custom-designed red cash envelopes upon request at our branches while supplies last.

Are you curious about the importance of lucky red envelopes for the Lunar New Year? Check out this article.

Here's what you need to know about Lunar New Year. 

When is Lunar New Year?

Many countries in Asia use a lunar calendar, meaning the new month begins at the start of the full moon. The lunar cycle lasts 12 months but because dates of full moons vary, so does the Lunar New Year. As such, it begins at a different time each year. This year, it begins on Feb 10. 

The lunar calendar predates the Gregorian calendar, which is used by Americans and other countries. 

What Does Year of the Dragon Represent?

In Asian culture, the Dragon signifies luck, life, and wisdom – and ushers in a new year of prosperity and happiness. Other lunar calendar animals include the ox, rat, horse, monkey, tiger, snake, rabbit, chicken, dog, and pig. Some Asian countries use different animals more closely aligned to their culture. 

What Countries Celebrate the Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year is a major holiday for most countries that follow the lunar calendar, including China, Korea, and Vietnam. Some countries, such as Japan, previously used the lunar calendar but switched to the Gregorian one. However, Lunar New Year celebrations can still be found among some Japanese communities.

How is Lunar New Year Celebrated?

A popular way for families to celebrate Lunar New Year is by gifting red envelopes of cash. The color red symbolizes good fortune and luck on Chinese culture, making it widely associated with the Lunar New Year. Cash amounts including the number eight ($8, $80, etc.) are thought to bring good luck and prosperity.

To celebrate Lunar New Year and our members of Asian descent, we will be providing red cash envelopes upon request at our branches. For more information about the envelopes, read this article. Stop by your neighborhood branch to grab these special envelopes while supplies last. 

May this year bring you and your loved ones prosperity and good fortune.