Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s the Year of the Dauntless Dragon!


Chinese New Year is the most important holiday for our family. Come rain or shine, without fail, members of our family from near or far, congregate to celebrate this once a year family tradition. We gather to pay respects and bring gifts to our elders while handing out money in lucky red envelopes called “ly si” to the younger ones.

It is customary for the eldest members of the family to begin the ceremony of handing out “ly si” while all the children and grandchildren line up to pay their respects and wish them a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Since I am the eldest granddaughter in the family, my husband and I have the privilege of taking our turn “ly si-ing” all the younger siblings and cousins, ranging from the age of toddler to 27.

When I was a Montessori teacher, I shared this cultural tradition with my primary class.

I taught them the proper form and etiquette on how to wish a Happy New Year and to receive their lucky red envelopes with both hands respectfully clasped.

Children are open and curious to learning and absorbing everything, especially about other cultures.

They were so happy and grateful to receive their lucky envelopes like baby Modern Geisha. So cute!

I was impressed by their curiosity, patience and obedience when it came to learning their lesson in ceremony, etiquette, social grace, humility and gratitude.

 These are in fact, the first steps to the makings of a Modern Geisha.

May the positive energy and enthusiasm of the powerful and lucky dragon bring you a year of good fortune, good health, happiness, prosperity and attract more love.


“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”  ~Japanese proverb

Much Gratitude,

Kim, The Modern Geisha

“The Modern Geisha is always moving in a good mood… She is always calm, beautiful, happy, serene, grateful and unperturbed.”

Note:  This message is intended for a general audience only. There are rules and exceptions to the rules. I give advice on a case-by-case basis only and not cookie-cutter advice. If you have questions regarding this matter, please email kim.evazians@gmail.com for a private consultation.

5 thoughts on “Happy Chinese New Year!

  1. Thank you for making the Chinese New Year something that all cultures and all people can appreciate. I like how you use the ceremony as a method to teach gratitude, humility, and social grace. May our lucky dragons bring prosperity to us all!

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