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Lunar New Year Begins, Celebrating Year Of The Ox

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Lunar New Year begins Friday. The holiday is a chance to start fresh and spend time with loved ones in the hopes of good things to come. This Lunar New Year celebrates the year of the ox; CBS2's Cindy Hsu reports.

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- And a live look at Oculus, the mall downtown, just a few steps away from One World Trade Center. Both structures in the colors of the Chinese New Year, red and yellow.

And happy New Year, because it starts today. It's a holiday to start fresh and spend time with loved ones in the hopes of good things to come.

This Lunar New Year celebrates the year of the Ox. CBS2's Cindy Hsu explains exactly what that means.

CINDY HSU: The Ox is known to be strong, dependable, and diligent. Joanne Kwong of Pearl River Mart in Tribaca says that's what we all need to be this year, which is predicted to be much less chaotic than last year.

JOANNE KWONG: This year will be, thankfully, a calmer, more stable year.

CINDY HSU: The Lions outside the Belleville Public Library are decorated for the New Year. And inside, you'll find a special exhibit. The townships Historical Society says the first Lunar New Year celebration in the east was in Belleville, New Jersey, in 1871.

You'll often hear the holiday called "Chinese New Year," but it's more inclusive to say Lunar New Year because it's celebrated in other Asian countries as well.

Due to the pandemic, many families are watching celebrations on TV and having virtual family dinners. You can also go online and find lots of New Year's activities anyone can enjoy, like these from the Museum of Chinese in America. There are many lucky foods to eat, like dumplings, noodles, oranges, and dragon fruit. And you'll find trays with seeds, candied fruits, and vegetables for good fortune.

On the first day of the Lunar New Year, you're not supposed to be washing away your good luck.

JOANNE KWONG: Some folks will not shower on the New Year's Day, or sweep or use scissors. Because that's also kind of a bad luck thing to do.

CINDY HSU: But it's always good luck to wear red and focus on the positive things this year. In Tribeca, Cindy Hsu, CBS23 News.