Greetings, year of the ox. What do you have in store for me this year?
Chinese New Year’s Eve is your big, lumbering frat boy brother-in-law who comes home drunk and passes out on your coffee table, but not before knocking over a planter and a bookcase. New Year’s Day is your quiet roommate who lets herself in without making any noise, and slips into her bedroom without you noticing a thing.
After all the festivities and food of the Eve dinner, most Chinese people abstain from eating meat on New Year’s Day. Historically, it was to give the farm animals a break from the other days of the year when they worked so hard to provide food to the family.
Also, you’re not allowed to clean the house or wash your hair on New Year’s Day, lest you sweep or wash away any good luck. Apparently, dirt is lucky.