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Chinese New Year is a festivity celebrated in Asia and all around the world. This holiday is typically known as a time to honor your ancestors, as well as a time for celebration. During Lunar New Year you may find several red paper-cuts and couplets that are hung up, or you may experience different activities such as lighting firecrackers or giving away money in red paper envelopes. This holiday is a very unique cultural experience and I want you to join me today as I take you on a journey around the world and teach you about Chinese New Year!
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Chinese New Year
- Colors – When people think of Chinese New Year the color red is often a color that comes to mind! The color red is associated with the celebration of Lunar New Year because it resembles good fortune and joy. This is why you can find red lanterns, paper-cuts, envelopes, and guests wearing the color red.
- Customs – Some customs that people from all around the world perform when it comes to Chinese New Year are cleaning up, shopping, Chinese knots, door gods pictures, the family reunion dinner, New Year’s gala, firecrackers and fireworks, sending greeting cards, giving out red envelopes (filled with money), and watching the Shehou performance.
- Activities & Practices – Some practices during the Lunar New Year celebration are exchanging gifts, exchanging red envelopes with money, fireworks, music, family portraits, lighting firecrackers, Spring Festival Gala and many more! These are some if not all the most important activities when it comes to this celebration.
- Food – During this celebration, there is a reunion dinner where families gather to eat many traditional dishes to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Some of these traditional dishes may include: several meat dishes (ex. pork and chicken), a hot pot displaying specialty meats, and seafood (ex. lobster or abalone). You may also find other dishes on the table such as Jau gok, Jiaozi, Niango, Yusheng, or Taro cakes. A total of eight dishes is usually served to reflect the belief of good fortune from the number of dishes.
These are the activities, practices, customs and meals you can find when it comes to Chinese New Year. I hope you learned a little bit more about the Lunar New Year by reading this blog and I hope you enjoyed it! If you’d like to support the World Travel With Matt family you can follow me on Instagram or Twitter @worldtravelwithmatt and @Instatrav1. Have a great day and I hope to see you all again real soon!