One of the most highly anticipated festivals for the Chinese has to be the annual Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year is the time when families get together for a family reunion. An important aspect of this festivity is also its traditions which have been kept for many generations.
If you have always been curious about the significance of spring cleaning and why are we told by our parents to stay up past midnight on the Eve of Chinese New Year, we have consolidate the 8 Chinese New Year Traditions And Their Significance for your reference.
- Spring Cleaning
Before the Chinese New Year festivities begin, Chinese households usually make it a point to spring clean the entire house thoroughly. Besides making the house clean, neat for guests to visit, it is also a way of “sweeping away bad luck”.
- Praying to the ancestors
Chinese people are very respectful of their ancestors. The New Year Celebrations can only begin after paying respect to the ancestors on New Year’s Eve. This is also part of the Chinese New Year traditions.
- Reunion Dinner
The reunion dinner is one of the most important traditions of the celebration. It is also known as “团年 - Tuan Nian” (reunite or grouping year).
- Shou Shui (守岁)
Parents usually urge their children to stay up until midnight after the reunion dinner to send away the old year and welcome the new year. It is believed that the longer the children stay awake at night, the longer their parents will live in return.
- Chinese New Year Dishes
- Chinese New Year Greetings
- Red Packet (红包 – Hong Bao)
Red packets are a channel for sending good wishes and luck and it is given to bring happiness and blessing to those who are receiving it. It is considered rude to open your red packet in front of the giver.