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How is Chinese New Year celebrated in China?

CHINESE New Year celebrations will start tomorrow.

You've probably seen all the Chinese New Year decorations, but how do the Chinese celebrate the New Year?

What is Chinese New Year?

The annual celebration begins on the new moon that comes between Jan 21 and Feb 20. The Chinese year of the Rat will start on 25 Jan 2020 and end on 11 Feb 2021, when the Year of the Ox begins.

In China, you'll hear it being called chunjie (春节), or the Spring Festival.

What are some Chinese New Year traditions?

There are a few key traditions for Chinese New Year.

One is that people will share red envelopes with each other with money inside. These red envelopes are given to everyone you know, including all your colleagues and even your postman.

It has also long been a Chinese tradition to set off firecrackers from the first minute of their new year. There are literally millions of displays occuring at once.

In Chinese culture, red is seen as the colour of luck and success. Red decorations, especially lanterns, are used all over towns and cities to help bring luck into the new year. Also, expect to see  plenty of dragon decorations, as it is believed that dragons bring power and wisdom.

What food is traditionally eaten?

One of the main traditions of Chinese New Year is for the entire family to have a feast together.

Certain foods are thought to bring luck, wealth, and happiness to the New Year: Fish, dumplings, spring rolls, tangyuan, fruit, niangao, and noodles.

What superstitions do Chinese people subscribe to over the New Year?

There are some bizarre superstitions that are widely followed during Chinese New Year.

One is that you should not take any medicine on the first day of the year, as you may stay ill for the whole year.

Another is that you should not take out the rubbish, as this symbolises you drumping out good fortune from the house.

Another is that you should not eat porridge for breakfast as it is seen as something that poor people eat, and is a bad omen.

You should not wash on the first or second day as it is seen as washing away good luck.

The use of knives or scissors on the first day is believed to lead to inauspicious things.

The crying of a child is supposed to bring bad luck to the family.

Don't give certain gifts, like clocks, scissors, and pears, as they have a bad meaning in Chinese culture.

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