How to Prepare for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the Lunar calendar, so it is also called Lunar New Year, and it is considered the beginning of the Spring, that’s why it’s sometimes being called the Spring Festival. Chinese New Year is the most important celebration to Chinese, simply because – it’s the longest holiday for Chinese. :)

Modern Chinese seems forget about its original tradition. Let’s learn the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year and get yourselves prepared for the Chinese New Year.

Most families begin preparing a month or more in advance for Chinese New Year but actually what we need just 2 – 3 days only.  Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting ready for Chinese New Year.

1. Get on Fortune Teller

Learn about your fortune for the year ahead to determine a your fortune. Knowing your Zodiac sign, element and predisposition (hot, cold, or neutral) are all used to determine your fortune.

2. Get a Hair Cut

A hair cut before New Year’s is a must, as cutting anything during Chinese New Year is forbidden as it’s considered bringing bad luck.

3. Spring Cleaning

Getting organized and doing a thorough spring cleaning are required to be complete by Chinese New Year. Every nook and cranny of the home is scrubbed, broken furniture and appliances discarded, and dirt is swept toward the door to insure Chinese New Year starts off right. Prepare paper couplets called ‘ChunLian’ 春联 hung around the home’s doorway to usher in good luck.

4. Go Shopping

Before Chinese New Year arrives, some items must be bought: food for the Chinese New Year celebrations, new clothes to usher in the New Year, gifts and red envelopes to distribute to family and friends.

Chinese New Year Food:

  • Chinese Dumplings
  • YuanXiao
  • LabaZhou

New Clothes:

  • Women’s Clothing: QiPao 旗袍 or Cheongsam
  • Red Underwear

Chinese Gifts:

  • “Ang Pao” or Red Envelopes are often given instead of gifts. When visiting a person’s house during Chinese New Year, it is customary to give it as a gift.


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