How the Chinese celebrate New Year?
Chinese New Year celebrations are marked by all sorts of practices that are believed to be auspicious for the upcoming year. Called (nóng lì xīn nián – Lunar New Year) or (chūn jié – Spring Festival), it is customary for people to greet each other with New Year well-wishes which bring in blessings for the coming year.
What do Chinese people do during the holiday?
Lion and Dragon Dances
Yes, the two are different! The lion dance, performed by two acrobats inside a single costume, is the more common of the two dance traditions seen at celebrations. The ferocious, four-legged creature is widely—and incorrectly—referred to as a “dragon" by Westerners who aren't familiar.
Wear Red Clothes
Red is considered an auspicious, lucky color in Chinese culture no matter the occasion, but particularly so during Lunar New Year. Love of the color dates back to a centuries-old belief that evil spirits don’t like red. Nian, the mythological beast who comes out to wreck villages and feed—sometimes on children—hates noise and the color red.
Fireworks and Firecrackers
Firecrackers add to the cacophony of chaos on the first day of Chinese New Year. Other than just fun, the noise was meant to scare away malicious spirits, particularly the Nian.
Hong Bao Envelopes
Forget greeting cards—give red envelopes instead! Known in Mandarin as hong bao, red envelopes containing money are often given from elders to children or unwed young adults.
What would a holiday season be without delicious dishes served for the occasion? Family members typically gather on New Year’s Eve for a traditional meal that encourages indulgence and symbolizes abundance. Foods are chosen for their lucky sounding names or auspicious shapes.
Visiting people on day three of Chinese New Year is considered bad luck, so many visits take place on day two. Gifts are usually brought along as people visit friends and family members in different households. Children get money and candies; adults often receive snack boxes with seeds, candy, and fruit.
Before the holiday's Chinese people go shopping and buy gifts to give their loved ones. Some doing online shopping in Dubai to save some time in buying gifts.