January 31, 2014 Holiday – Chinese New Year

Chinese or Lunar New Year occurs between January and February and is considered one of the most significant holidays in China. Also observed in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, the festival lasts for over two weeks and is associated with numerous traditions and superstitions.

People start decorating houses and preparing festive dishes about a week in advance. Traditionally, it’s forbidden to cook during the first five days of the New Year and all sharp utensils like knives or scissors that can cut away good luck, are put away. Right at midnight people launch loud fireworks to celebrate the coming of the New Year and scare away the evil spirits. The highlight of the celebration is the New Year’s family dinner featuring symbolic food like oranges which color suggests wealth, dumplings as a symbol of riches, long noodles representing longevity, and so on.

Which gifts for Chinese New Year to choose?

On the first day of the New Year most people visit their friends and relatives bringing the hosts little Lunar New Year gifts. The most popular gifts include sweets, flowers, gift baskets and red envelopes with “lucky money.” The money given in red envelopes can be a token amount, such as a few dollars, or a more substantial gift, and it has symbolic as well as monetary value.

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