Well I am Chinese and I celebrate Chinese New Year. I live in Singapore and for a Catholic it is in no way superstitious. For one, I go for Mass in the morning. We receive and give oranges to the priest and also pass him a little red packet with some cash in it. If you attend Mass in Ordinary Form, the priest also blesses the oranges before giving them out.
But I guess the tricky part is with paying respects to ancestors. My grandparents were Buddhists before they passed on. But so long as you aren’t participating in any rituals while paying respects it is perfectly ok. I do this every year and go to the temple where their remains are and just offer a stick of incense. Nothing wrong with that. Even the bishop of my diocese says its perfectly fine to do that. I love my grandparents but does that mean I can’t pay respects to them just because they aren’t Catholic???
Things like reading the zodiac. Its just like the horoscope.Its just trivia and don’t read anything more into it other than knowing which animal it is this year.
Most of the things associated with Chinese New Year seem to be emphasised with prosperity and monetary rewards. But if you’ve attended Mass on Chinese New Year, it is something the priest will always draw focus away from, and ask you to pray instead for blessings from God.