Firecrackers, festivities, family, fish, and more: Learn about Lunar New Year with these 5 podcast episodes

Society & Culture February 1, 2022

Happy Lunar New Year! We’ve rounded up podcast episodes covering the holiday’s history. For example, you’ll hear about the legend of Nian, a creature that was said to devour humans on New Year’s Day. Since Nian was afraid of fire, the color red, and loud noises, many traditions developed to fend off the beast. People would light firecrackers, place red decorations on their doors, and lanterns would burn. Many of these activities are adapted in today’s celebrations.

On our list, tune into hosts and guests sharing their family traditions, rituals for good luck, celebrations, resolutions, and more. An episode digs into numerology for the year, and in another episode, you’ll hear about the lunar calendar and zodiac info on the Year of the Tiger. Learn about the significance of eating certain foods like fish, noodles, and glutenous rice balls on Lunar New Year.

Modern Minorities

Modern Minorities

Listen to ‘Chinese (Lunar) New Years’ meaning & memories’ on ‘Modern Minorities’

Sharon Thony & Raman Sehgal present “Modern Minorities” and host conversations on race and gender in weekly episodes with guests. This episode celebrated Lunar New Year with podcaster Lucia Liu (“Rock the Boat,” “Bund to Brooklyn”) and actor/producer Brian Yang (Linsanity, Snakehead, Hawaii 5-0). Brian and Lucia were raised Chinese-American and discussed the similarities and differences between the two holidays. They covered card games, greetings, red envelopes, eating fish, and more in this 54-minute episode.

Fun with Dumb

Fun with Dumb

Listen to ‘Ep. 168’ on ‘Fun with Dumb’

In this episode, host Dumbfoundead is joined by friends Lyricks and Steffie Baik to talk about the Lunar New Year and their resolutions. They review positive life changes they hope to make, from health and wellness goals to finances, they’re also happy to share holiday memories and more in this 96-minute episode.

Holistic Spaces | The feng shui podcast by Mindful Design

Holistic Spaces | The feng shui podcast by Mindful Design

Listen to ‘Episode 157: Nine Star Ki for 2022, Year of the Tiger’ on ‘Holistic Spaces | The feng shui podcast by Mindful Design’

“Holistic Spaces” releases a Lunar New Year episode every year, hosted by Anjie Cho and Laura Morris. This episode delves into numerology for 2022 with the astrology system, Star Ki. This system links to feng shui, and you’ll hear how to calculate your Star Ki number for the year and its interpretation in the Year of the Tiger. This episode is 30 minutes long.

Sh*t Show Grannies

Listen to ‘Lunar New Year’ on ‘Sh*t Show Grannies’

Jeni & Jojo present “Sh*t Show Grannies,” a comedy podcast filled with girl talk, perspectives, and “sh*t show stories.” In the 32-minute Lunar New Year episode, the hosts shared the holiday’s history, preparations, and celebrations. They unpacked Lunar New Year’s do’s and don’ts and how closely they follow these traditions with their families. Later in the episode, Jeni and Jojo shared zodiac info and horoscopes for the Year of the Tiger.

365 days with mxm toon

365 days with mxm toon

Listen to ‘happy chinese new year!’ on ‘365 days with mxm toon’

In this episode of “365 days with mxm toon,” Asian-American host Maia explored Lunar New Year’s history, which dates back to over 3,500 years ago. Maia shared info on Chinese dynasties, the lunar calendar, the solar solstice, and the equinox. She unpacks how events were planned with the dueling forces of yin and yang to account for human nature and behavior. Maia also dove into the holiday’s myths, legends, traditions, and more in this 11-minute episode.

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