Chinese New Year celebrations begin Jan. 31, and unique festivities all across the globe will mark the Year of the Horse.
The Spring Festival, as it is also known, lasts for 15 days and includes traditional family meals and spending time with friends and relatives. You’ll find traditional lion dances, parades, fireworks, decorations and more as cities worldwide embrace the Chinese culture.
The U.S. Treasury is selling red “hong bao” envelopes containing “lucky” dollars to mark the Year of the Horse. In Chinese and Asian societies, a red envelope or packet is a monetary gift given during special occasions.
Exactly 88,888 of these dollar notes were made available, each packaged in a red envelope bearing New Year’s greetings and with pictures of horses to symbolize the year. The serial number on each bill begins with 8888, which when pronounced in Chinese sounds like the word “prosper” and is considered particularly lucky.