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It’s okay, y’all, I hear you: Coming up with Instagram captions is one of our generation’s most difficult tasks. Especially when you’ve got a bomb photo that simply must be posted for a major occasion like, oh, I don’t know, Lunar New Year, for example.

But first, just to clear things up: “Lunar New Year (or Spring Festival) is really the broader and accurate description of the celebration of the new year based on the lunar calendar,” says Nancy Yao Maasbach, president of New York City’s Museum of Chinese in America. “When you hear someone refer to it as the ‘Chinese New Year,’ they’re likely talking about China’s Lunar New Year traditions and not a separate occasion,” she explained.

While celebrations vary across the several Asian countries that participate in Lunar New Year, you can definitely expect tons of “lucky” foods and a generally stunning celebration. Plus, according to Maasbach, the other can’t-miss highlight of Lunar New Year is “red envelopes filled with money,” she said, and “people [wishing] for good health, wealth, and prosperity.” Yup, we definitely won’t be skipping any of that.

Oh, and one more thing: Since the lunar calendar is based on sun and moon cycles, Lunar New Year doesn’t fall on a consistent date every year. However, you can expect the 15-day-long festivities—and the transition from the Year of the Rabbit to the Year of the Dragon—to commence on February 10th, 2024. Whether you find yourself gathering for a family meal and red envelope exchange, or braving the crowds for your city’s Lunar New Year festivals, IG-worthy photos will be taken and you will be prepared. So without further ado: 30 creative Lunar New Year Instagram captions that exude the most prosperous vibes.

For generally good vibes…

  • Spring is coming.
  • Lanterns & envelopes & dumplings, oh my!
  • Now entering my Dragon era.
  • Red is the new black.
  • Let’s level up this Lunar Year.
  • May your longevity noodles be long, your dumplings be lucky, and your red envelopes be abundant as hell.
  • It’s prosperity or bust, honestly.
  • New Lunar Year, new me.
  • Manifesting health, wealth, and happiness like a…

  • Alexa, play “Firework” by Katy Perry.
  • Big. Dragon. Energy.
  • As Britney once said, “She’s so lucky. She’s a star.”

    Some good, trusted quotes and proverbs…

    • “Do not be afraid of moving slowly. Be afraid of standing still.” —Chinese Proverb
    • “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” —Lao Tzu
    • “An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.” —Chinese Proverb
    • “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” —Chinese Proverb
    • “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” —Chinese Proverb
    • “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” —Lao Tzu
    • “There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.” — Chinese Proverb
    • “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.”–Chinese Proverb

    When your phone eats first…

    • Lucky foods only.
    • The longer the noodle, the luckier the gal.
    • Kindly don’t mess with my hot pot.
    • This year is looking good already…
    • Dumplings for breakfast.
    • The other holiday plates don’t stand a chance.
    • Serious about these spring rolls.
    • You don’t want to see the aftermath.
    • Letting everyone know I’ll be full for the next 15 days. Thanks in advance for your patience.
    • Pictured here: One solid sign of a great year ahead.

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