popular chinese new year's traditions

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Chinese New Year

There are only a few days left to celebrate the Chinese New Year, an exciting holiday that is celebrated by more than 20% of the world – that’s definitely a lot! As you may already know, in the Chinese culture, every year has a zodiac animal and 2021 is the year of the Ox. These zodiac animals play a big role in the tradition, as they decide the future of the year to come. If you were born in 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 this may be a great year for you!

Besides celebrating with plenty of delicious food, visiting relatives and watching fireworks, the Chinese also have some other traditions that are very interesting, here are some of the top ones:

No Cleaning on the First Couple Days

Chinese people tend to clean their houses thoroughly right before the New Year’s celebration starts to dust away the bad luck from the past year. Once the house is clean, no more cleaning is done until the celebrations are over. The reason? Swapping during the first couple days is believed to sweep away the good luck accrued by the litter of firecrackers, red paper and wrappers.

Share the Wealth With Your Loved Ones

Children and unmarried adults traditionally enjoy fortune in the form of red packets filled with cash. The amount varies from a few baths to quite a hefty amount depending on the relationship to the recipient. These red packets are given by parents, the elderly, or even employers to ensure safety and comfort in the year to come. Sometimes the packets are accompanied by a floral arrangement and encouraging messages. That’s definitely a lovely gesture!

Feast on Some Delicious Dumplings

Dumpling, also known as Jiaozi in the Chinese culture, is a delicious festive treat made out of flour and filled with different ingredients. If you haven’t tried them yet, you’re totally missing out! These treats signify family reunion as most people spend days prior to the celebrations preparing them with the whole family. They also represent prosperity because their shape is reminiscent of the ancient Chinese currency. Other dishes are also prepared and enjoyed during the celebrations, but dumplings are the most common ones!

Clear Out the Clutter

Cleaning the house right before the celebrations is a great way to start the year with the right foot. A clean home sets the tone for the new year to start fresh, don’t you agree? For this reason, Chinese people take time to declutter, get rid of what they don’t need or use including clothes or house items.

Splurge on New Treats!

Although Chinese people are known for being big savers, the lunar new year is a great opportunity for them to splurge on new treats, including new clothes or even something useful for the house that can contribute to their wellbeing. 

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