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7 Traditional Ways to Spend Chinese New Year

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7 Traditional Ways to Spend Chinese New Year

For Chinese communities around the world, the beginning of the Chinese New Year is their most significant holiday. Also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, the event marks the end of winter, ushering in the season of spring. In 2020, it will start on the 25th of January.

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, families would gather around the dining table to indulge themselves in huge feasts filled with delectable Chinese dishes. They would set off colorful fireworks, believing that the noise would scare off evil spirits. Folks would also clean their homes before they close off the year, believing that a clean home would attract wealth and fortune.

Besides these common traditions, what other interesting activities do people do to celebrate Chinese New Year? Here’s a list to enlighten you!

  1. All red everything

Red is a lucky color for the Chinese, which is why most if not all of them wear red clothing during the festival. Red lanterns can be found everywhere – in homes, schools, restaurants, you name it. Another reason why red is such an important color for them is that it happens to be a color hated by Nian, a mythological beast that is said to destroy villages and prey upon children.

  1. The ‘Fu’ symbol

“Fu” means happiness or good fortune. In many Chinese households, posters with this character are placed on gates, walls, and certain furniture. The practice is especially common during the Spring Festival, with folks hoping to attract prosperity and good fortune for the incoming year.

  1. Eating dumplings

There’s more to dumplings than just their savory taste. Chinese people believe that the food brings wealth, with their shape representing the monetary ingots their ancestors used way back then. What’s even interesting is that they’d wrap peanuts or coins in their dumplings, as these objects would signify various types of blessings.

  1. Exchanging red envelopes

While kids in most countries receive gifts from their grandparents on Christmas, kids in Chinese communities worldwide get money-filled red envelopes on Chinese New Year’s Day. In most cases, the envelopes would be handed right after the family reunion dinner. The numbers 6 and 8 are considered really lucky, and children who receive banknotes that contain those numbers would be considered safe from harm for the entire year.

  1. Temple fairs

In Beijing, many families spend the Spring Festival visiting temple fairs. While these fairs were mainly used as worship grounds back in the olden days, they have since turned into places of amusement, with cultural performances, puppet shows, and magic shows held during the festival.

  1. Visiting relatives and friends

It’s not uncommon for Chinese people to pay their loved ones a visit and convey their affection and good wishes to them during the Chinese New Year. Most of the time, they would bring gifts and red envelopes to spread good luck. In some areas, it’s considered rude to visit somebody without a present.

  1. Buying new furniture

After getting their homes in tiptop shape, people would make their way to their favorite malls to shop for new household items. For them, acquiring new objects means they’re ready for a new beginning.


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