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Chinese New Year: How Is It Celebrated?

As everyone knows, the Chinese New Year Festival happened this past weekend, so I thought that it might be interesting to know about how the Chinese celebrate their New Year.

1. A festival for the family: Chinese families get together and enjoy the family time.
2. Decorate buildings, houses and streets with red items: The Chinese consider red as a lucky color. Due to this reason, they will wear red clothes, decorate their houses with red items, and even eat red-colored food!
3. Cultural activities to welcome New Year – Some of them might be: Dragon dances, lion dances, imperial performances, rice sprout song, etc.
4. Giving Red envelopes: This is done to pass on best wishes. Red envelopes are used in the hope of giving good luck and money to the receivers. It is a long tradition for the Chinese.
5.Eating lucky foods for increased luck in the Year ahead: For example, fish is a ‘must’ for Chinese New Year. Eating it is believed to bring a surplus of money and good luck in the coming year. Also, the Chinese word for fish sounds like the word for surplus, which even places a greater significance. Noodles are also one of the foods that the Chinese consume during this time. It is believed that you will live a long and happy life.
6. Setting off firecrackers: China’s tradition is to set off one string of small firecrackers first, which is then followed by three big firecrackers. This symbolizes “sounding out” the old year and “sounding in” the new year. The louder the firecrackers, the luckier it’s believed it will be for farming and business in the coming year.

Now, there are also some things that the Chinese avoid in a New Year. Let’s figure out some taboos of the Chinese.

1. No cleaning/washing their hair: The Chinese believe that they shouldn’t clean or wash their hair in the first three days because it will sweep/wash away good luck.
2. No crying: A cry of a baby/child is believed to bring bad luck to the house. For this reason, the young are carefully treated in this time of the year.
3. No begging: To ask for a loan is one of the biggest taboos for the Chinese.

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