Chinese New Year
The year of the horse is set to be celebrated by millions of people across the globe over family dinners adorned with traditional Chinese meals and an abundance of red envelopes as the start of the new year is welcomed with a bang.
An important family holiday that is centuries old brings Chinese populations together in Asian countries a like, as well as cities and communities within Australia. Cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are welcoming the festivities with vibrant parades, performances, stalls and delicious food.
If you were wondering what the traditional ways to celebrate the big event, we’ve compiled a list of all you need to know to kick off Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year Facts:
- Clean your house from top to bottom and pay off all debts before New Year.
- Decorate your home to welcome in the New Year. Red is a popular colour as it scares away evil spirits and bad fortune.
- Place mandarins in bowls throughout the house. Mandarins with their leaves still intact are the fruits of happiness for the New Year. Keep their numbers even though, as uneven numbers bring unhappiness.
- Wear new clothes and ensure you are polite to others on the first day of the New Year – it sets the tone for the year to come.
- Celebrate New Year with a family dinner. Traditional dishes include uncut noodles – a symbol of longevity – and fish and chicken, symbols of prosperity.
- Apricot and peach blossom are popular decorations during Vietnamese Tet and symbolise new beginnings.
- Kite flying is a popular New Year tradition in Korea.
- Enjoy a soup of thinly-sliced rice cakes (duk gook) – a traditional New Year meal in Korea. Because everyone turns a year older with the start of each New Year (and not on their birthday), many people tell their children that they can’t get older unless they’ve eaten some duk gook.
- Refrain from uttering words relating to misfortune, such as ‘death’, ‘broken’, ‘killing’, ‘ghost’ and ‘illness’ during New Year as this may bring bad luck for the year to come.
- Give younger members of the family red lai-see (‘lucky money’) envelopes to pass on prosperity.
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