Chinese New Year: Dates, Animals, Food, and Traditions (2022)

ChineseNew Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important festival in Chinaand a major event in some other East Asian countries(Lunar New Year isknown asSeollal in South Korea, Tetin Vietnam, and Tsagaan Sarin Mongolian). Lunar New Year celebrations are being heldmore and more in Western cities in recent yearstoo, like New York, London, Vancouver, and Sydney.

Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.It was traditionally a time to honor deities as well as ancestors,andit has also become a time to feast and to visit family members.

The celebrationstraditionally last about two weeks in total, from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the lunar year. Regional customs and traditions vary widely but share the same theme:seeing out the old year and welcoming in the luck and prosperity of a new year.

Chinese New Year 2023 will fall onSunday, January 22nd, 2023, beginning a year of the Rabbit.

  • Also called: 'Spring Festival', Lunar New Year
  • Chinese: 春节 Chūn Jié /chwn-jyeah/
  • 2023 date: Sunday, Jan. 22nd, Year of the Water Rabbit
  • Holiday: 7 days
  • Celebrations: New Year decorations, New Year's Eve dinner, firecrackers and fireworks, red envelopes, dragon dances...
  • See more Chinese New Year facts.

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  • Chinese New Year Dates
  • Chinese New Year Animal
  • Chinese New Year Origin and Myth
  • Traditions and Celebrations
  • Chinese New Year Food
  • Superstitions and Taboos
  • Chinese New Year Greetings
  • Calendar and Schedule

When Is Chinese New Year 2023?

Again, LunarNew Year 2023 will fall onSunday, January 22nd, 2023. The date of the Chinese New Year isdetermined by the Chinese lunar calendar. The date changes every yearbut is always somewhere in the period from January 21st to February 20th.Read more onChinese New Year dates from 2023 to 2030.

Chinese New Year Animal: 2023— Year of the Water Rabbit

Chinese New Year: Dates, Animals, Food, and Traditions (1)The Chinese zodiac gives each year an animal sign.

Each Chinese year is associated with an animal sign according to the Chinese zodiaccycle, which features 12 animal signs in the order Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

2023 is the year of the Rabbit.The recent and incoming Tiger years are1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, and 2035.If you were born in one of these years, your Chinese zodiac sign is the Rabbit.

People born in the year of the Rabbit will experience their zodiac year (Ben Ming Nian) in 2023, which is considered bad luck. It is believed that wearing red will bring them good luck.

These zodiac signs always begin on Chinese Lunar New Year's Day,rather than January 1st!

YearDate of Chinese New YearDayAnimal Sign
2021Feb.12FridayOx
2022Feb. 1TuesdayTiger
2023Jan.22SundayRabbit
2024Feb.10SaturdayDragon
2025Jan.29WednesdaySnake
2026Feb.17TuesdayHorse
2027Feb.6SaturdayGoat
2028Jan.26WednesdayMonkey
2029Feb.13TuesdayRooster
2030Feb.3SundayDog
2031Jan.23ThursdayPig
2032Feb.11WednesdayRat

Chinese New Year Origin and Myth:Legend of Beast Nian

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(Video) How Is Chinese New Year Celebrated?

Chinese New Year has a history of over 3,000 years and is associated with several myths. A popular legend tells of the mythical beast Nian (/nyen/, which sounds the same as 'year' in Chinese), which shows up every Lunar New Year's Eve to eat people and livestock. To scare away the monster, people displayed red paper, burned bamboo, lit candles, and wore red clothes. These traditions have been continued until the present time.

Read more on:

  • The Origin and History of Chinese New Year
  • The Top 3 Chinese New Year Legends/Stories

Chinese New Year Traditions

The main Chinese New Yearactivitiesinclude 1) putting up decorations, 2) offering sacrifices to ancestors, 3) eating reunion dinner with family on New Year's Eve, 4) giving red envelopes and other gifts, 5) firecrackers and fireworks, and 6) watching lion and dragon dances.

1. Cleaning and Decorating Houses with Red Things

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Peoplegive their houses a thorough cleaning before the Spring Festival, which symbolizes sweeping away the bad luck of the preceding year and making their homes ready to receive good luck.

Red is the main color for the festival, as red is believed to be an auspicious color for the Lunar New Year, denoting prosperity and energy — which ward off evil spirits and negativity. Redlanternshang in streets; red coupletsand New Year pictures are pasted on doors.

  • See more onHow to Decorate for Chinese New Year: The Top 7 Decorations.

2. Offering Sacrifices to Ancestors

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Honoring the dead is a Chinese New Year’s tradition that’s keptto the word. Many Chinese people visit ancestors' graves on the day before the Chinese New Year's day, offersacrifices to ancestors before the reunion dinner (to show that they are letting their ancestors "eat" first),andadd an extra glass and place it at the dinner table on New Year’s eve.

3. Enjoying a Family Reunion Dinner on Lunar New Year's Eve

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Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) is atime for families to be together.Chinese New Year's Eveis the most important time. Wherever they are, people are expected to be home to celebrate the festival with their families.The Chinese New Year's Eve dinner is called 'reunion dinner'. Big families of several generations sit around round tables and enjoy the food and time together.

4. ExchangingRed Envelopes and other Gifts

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The most common gifts are red envelopes (orred packets,lìshì or lai see in Cantonese). Red envelopes have money in, and are often given to children and (retired) seniors.

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The red envelope (money) is called ya sui qian (压岁钱 /yaa sway chyen/), which means 'suppressing Sui [the demon]money'. Those who receive a red envelope are wished another safe and peaceful year.

The amount of money ranges froma couple of dollars to several hundred.Chinese superstitions favor amounts that begin with even numbers, such as8(a homophone for "wealth"), and6(a homophone for "smooth"), except for the number 4 as it rhymes with the word that means "death".

Other popular Lunar New Year gifts are alcohol, tea, fruits, and candies.

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5. Setting Off Firecrackers and Fireworks

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From public displays in major cities to millions of private celebrations in China's rural areas, setting off firecrackers and fireworks is an indispensable festive activity. It is a way to scare away the evil and welcome the new year's arrival.

Billions of fireworks go up in China at 12 am and in the first minutes of Chinese New Year, the most anywhere at any time of year.

  • See more onWhy Chinese New Year Must Have Firecrackers.

6. Watching Lion and Dragon Dances

Chinese New Year: Dates, Animals, Food, and Traditions (8)Lion dance

Lion dancesanddragon dancesare widely seen in China and Chinatowns in many Western countries during the Lunar New Year period. They are performed to bring prosperity and good luck for the upcoming year or event.

There are moreChinese New Year traditions and customs, such aswearing new clothes,staying up late on Chinese New Year's Eve,watching the Spring Festival Gala, etc.

Chinese New Year Food

Lucky food is served during the 16-day festival season, especially on the New Year's Eve family reunion dinner. Fish is a must asit sounds like 'surplus' in Chinese and symbolizes abundance.DumplingsshapedlikeChinese silver ingotsare shared as a sign of the family unit and prosperity.People eat Niángāo (glutinous rice cake)to symbolize a higher income or position as it sounds like 'year high'.

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Chinese New Year Superstitions:Things You Mustn't Do

Chinese people traditionally believe that the year's start affects the whole year, so China’s Spring Festival is a season of superstitions. It's believed that what something looks like (color, shape), and what its name sounds like, gives it auspicious or ill-fated significance. There are many things you cannot do:

  • Don't sweep up on New Year's Day, otherwiseyou’ll 'sweep all your luck away'.
  • Don't eat porridge for breakfast, otherwise you’ll 'become poor in the upcoming year'.
  • Don't wash your clothes and hair (on New Year’s Day), otherwise you’ll 'wash fortune away'.

See more onChinese New Year Taboos and Superstitions: Top 18 Things You Should Not Do.

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How to Say "Happy Chinese New Year" in Chinese

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When people meet friends, relatives, colleagues, and even strangers during the festive period, they usually say“Xīnnián hǎo” (新年好), literally meaning'New Year Goodness', or “Xīnnián kuàilè” (新年快乐), meaning‘Happy Chinese New Year’.

One of the most famous traditional greetingsfor Chinese New Year is the Cantonesekung hei fat choi, literally ‘happiness and prosperity’. In Mandarin that’sgongxi facai.

新年好— Happy ChineseNew Year

  • In Mandarin: xīn nián hǎo /sshin-nyen haoww/
  • In Cantonese: san nin hou

恭喜发财 — Happiness and prosperity

  • In Mandarin: gōng xǐ fā cái /gong-sshee faa-tseye/
  • In Cantonese: gong hay fat choy

For more greetings and wishes, see

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LunarNew Year Calendar and Schedule: Key Dates

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Chinese New Year: Dates, Animals, Food, and Traditions (16)

Each day of the 16-day long festival has a name, and usually an assigned purpose or meaning.Below is a table of all the important dates and their meanings. Keep in mindthat different regions andminorities may celebrate the days on different dates, or have different names or practices for certain days.

Solar Date (2022)Lunar DateTitlePurpose / Meaning
Jan. 14th12th month, 23rd dayLittle Year
(小年 Xiǎonián)
Preparation day, mainly for thorough house-cleaning, and cooking.
Jan. 21st12th month, 30th day
除夕(Chúxì)
New Year’s Eve
(除夕 Chúxì)
The most important celebration, includes the family reunion dinner, and staying up until midnight.
Jan. 22nd1st month, 1st day
初一 (Chūyī)
New Year's Day
初一 (Chūyī)
A day for visiting/greeting family and relatives, giving presents, and visiting ancestors' graves.
Jan. 23rd1st month, 2nd day
初二 (Chū'èr)
In-Law’s Day
(迎婿日 Yíngxùrì, or
开年 Kāinián)
Married women visit their parents with their husbands and children.
Jan. 24th1st month, 3rd day
初三 (Chūsān)
Day of the Rat
(鼠日 Shǔrì)
An ominous day, common to stay at home and rest with family, play games.
Jan. 25th1st month, 4th day
初四 (Chūsì)
Day of the Sheep
(羊日 Yángrì)
An auspicious day, for prayer and giving offerings, or going to temples or fortune-tellers.
Jan. 26th1st month, 5th day
初五 (Chūwǔ)
Break Five
(破五 Pòwǔ)
Commonly accepted as the day when taboos (from previous days) can be broken.
Jan. 27th1st month, 6th day
初六 (Chūliù)
Day of the Horse
(马日 Mǎrì)
Believed to be the best day to get rid of old, unwanted things. Also an acceptable day to resume labor.
Jan. 28th1st month, 7th day
初七 (Chūqī)
Day of Mankind
(人日Rénrì)
Believed to be the day people were created. Encouraged to spend out in nature.
Jan. 29th1st month, 8th day
初八 (Chūbā)
Day of the Grain
(谷日节Gǔrìjié)
Good weather on this day will symbolize good crops for the year. Many families will have a second 'mini' reunion dinner.
Jan. 30th1st month, 9th day
初九 (Chūjiǔ)
Providence Health
(天公生 Tiāngōngshēng)
The 'Jade Emperor's birthday, giving offerings, lighting incense, and setting off firecrackers.
Jan. 31st1st month, 10th day
初十 (Chūshí)
Stone Festival
(石头节Shítoujié)
The birthday of the 'god stone', similar to the previous day's rituals.
Feb, 1st1st month, 11th day
初十一 (Chūshíyī)
Son-in-Law Day
(子婿日Zǐxùrì)
Fathers are expected to 'entertain' or treat their sons-in-law on this day.
Feb. 2nd– 4th1st month, 12th – 14th day
初十二 - 初十四 (Chūshí'èr - Chūshísì)
Lantern Day PreparationsPreparations for the lantern festival: cooking, making lanterns, etc.
Feb. 5th1st month, 15th day
初十五 (Chūshíwǔ)
Lantern Festival
(元宵节 Yuánxiāojié)
Marks the end of the festival. Lanterns are lit and hung or flown, people watch dragon dances in the streets, and children answer lantern riddles.

FAQs about Lunar New Year

1. Why Is Chinese New Year So Important?

Chinese New Year’s importance is rooted deep in history, and today it remains the most important occasion for generations of families to reunite and spend time together. The celebration is also believed to be significant to ensure good fortune for the coming year. Learn the interesting stories and legends about Chinese New Year.

2. How Is Lunar New Year Celebrated?

The most important part of the Chinese New Year celebration is the ‘Reunion Dinner’ on Chinese New Year's Eve when the extended family would join around the table for a meal that included many lucky foods such as fish and dumpling.

Other traditional activities include cleaning houses, visiting family members, decorating, giving gifts and red envelopes, setting off firecrackers and fireworks, and doing some religious practices such as making offerings to ancestors. Click to see the top 18 Chinese New Year celebrations.

3. Why Is It called the Spring Festival?

Though being in winter for most of China, the Chinese New Year is popularly known as the Spring Festival in China. Because it starts from the Beginning of Spring (the first of the twenty-four terms in coordination with the changes of Nature) and marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

The Spring Festival marks a new year on the lunar calendar and represents the desire for a new life. Read more onFAQs about Chinese New Year You Must Want to Know Answers To.

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FAQs

What are 5 Chinese New Year traditions? ›

The main Chinese New Year activities include 1) putting up decorations, 2) offering sacrifices to ancestors, 3) eating reunion dinner with family on New Year's Eve, 4) giving red envelopes and other gifts, 5) firecrackers and fireworks, and 6) watching lion and dragon dances.

What are 6 things we must do to prepare for Chinese New Year? ›

8 Things You Must Do Before (And During) Chinese New Year (PHOTOS)
  • Buy New Shoes and Clothes. ...
  • Get a Haircut. ...
  • Give Out Red Packets. ...
  • Let off Some Firecrackers. ...
  • Clean the House. ...
  • Decorate Your Home With Bright Colours. ...
  • Hang out With Family and Pay Your Respects. ...
  • Eat Lots of Lucky Food.
20 Jan 2012

What foods are eaten on Chinese New Year and why? ›

Traditional Lunar New Year foods include longevity noodles, a whole steamed fish for abundance, sticky rice balls for togetherness, and more. Below you'll find some of those lucky foods, along with other traditional dishes like dumplings and rice cakes.

What do you do on the 15 days of Chinese New Year? ›

The 15th day marks the first full moon after the Spring Festival and of the New Year, also known as yuán xiāo jié meaning "first night of the full moon". The day is as well known as Lantern Festival day. Another reunion dinner is held with lanterns and oranges being a large part of the celebrations.

What is good luck for Chinese New Year? ›

Opening windows and/or doors is considered to bring in the good luck of the new year. Switching on the lights for the night is considered good luck to 'scare away' ghosts and spirits of misfortune that may compromise the luck and fortune of the New Year. Sweets are eaten to ensure the consumer a "sweet" year.

What can you not eat during Chinese New Year? ›

Lobsters, too are considered as one of the unlucky food to have during Chinese New Year. This is because they swim backwards which indicates that there may likely be problems in the coming year. White foods such as eggs, tofu and white cheeses have an unlucky color that signifies death.

Which two animals are most important to the Chinese New Year? ›

Each Chinese New Year is celebrated with symbolic animals. Mythical dancing dragons, Nian and lions represent new beginnings.

How many fruits are eaten on Chinese New Year? ›

This traditional dish is made with sticky rice and adorned with eight “treasures”—a variety of seeds, nuts and fruits like plums, jackfruit and raisins. Eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture, and eating desserts on this holiday represents sweetness for the year ahead.

What is the lucky food for New Year 2022? ›

Certain foods, like noodles, cabbage, and lentils, symbolize good fortune in the new year. After downing plenty of bubbly and sweet treats on New Year's Eve, start 2022 off right with these New Year's good-luck foods that all promise wealth, prosperity and good fortune in the coming year.

What do you eat for good luck on New Years? ›

14 Foods You Should Eat for Good Luck in the New Year
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  • Make Black-Eyed Peas for Southern Superstition. ...
  • Twirl Soba Noodles for Longevity. ...
  • Look to Pork for Prosperity. ...
  • Smash Pomegranates for Good Fortune. ...
  • Go Green for Health and Wealth. ...
  • Break a Wishbone for Luck.
13 Jul 2022

What should you not do on the first day of Chinese New Year? ›

Good luck is believed to begin when the clock strikes 12, so you want to be sure not to wipe, sweep, or wash away any of that luck. In the past, tradition held that you left your house unswept for seven days in a row. Today, most families refrain from cleaning only on the first day of the Lunar New Year.

What do you eat on 7th day of Chinese New Year? ›

7th day of 1st lunar month (Feb. 7, 2022) - Birthday of Human. In Chinese mythology mankind was created on this day, so this day is the birthday of humanity. On this day, people will use seven kinds of vegetables and rice to make porridge in celebrating their birthday.

What happens on the 13th day of Chinese New Year? ›

Thirteenth day: After several days of rich food and meat, it is customary on this day to eat vegetarian food like porridge with mustard greens, to give the stomach and body a break.

Why do Chinese eat fish on New Year's? ›

One of the most common traditions is to eat a whole fish as part of the dinner. This is because the pronunciation of the Chinese word for fish also means 'being abundant', so it symbolises wellbeing and prosperity.

Can you eat chicken on Chinese New Year? ›

Chinese New Year food traditions are hugely symbolic. Traditions include serving two whole fish and saving one for leftovers to represent surplus in the new year, serving a whole chicken to represent wholeness and prosperity, and serving items like spring rolls, which resemble gold bars and symbolize wealth.

What do long noodles represent? ›

Longevity Noodles (also known as Long Life Noodles) represent happiness and longevity. They are often eaten during Chinese New Year and at other Chinese celebrations.

What color is good luck for New Years? ›

If you are looking for New Years Lucky Colors 2022 that pertain to Feng Shui and the Chinese New Year the suggested colors are green, yellow, red & blue. In China, the color green represents fertility, balance, purity from contamination, growth and harmony.

What are the five Chinese blessings? ›

Chinese culture: five blessings, also known as the "Five Happiness" or "Five Good Fortunes", which refer to longevity, wealth, health and composure, love of virtue, and the desire to die a natural death in old age (or timely death).

Can you wear pink for Chinese New Year? ›

Chinese New Year outfits that fall into the “disturbing” category are those that consist of the same colour from head to toe — Png has seen “not just red, but even purple or pink,” he said. Yes, pink might be an on-trend colour right now, but, as with all things, he cautioned, “use it in moderation”.

Can you eat eggs on New Years? ›

Another group of foods to avoid on New Year's Day is foods that are all white in color, such as rice, bread, eggs, and tofu. According to ancient Chinese beliefs, white symbolizes death– so it is considered unlucky to eat on New Year's Day.

Why do Chinese give oranges? ›

What do oranges symbolize? Oranges are a popular symbol of good luck. Oranges are also a bright, vibrant color that's associated with good fortune. During Chinese New Year, tangerines and oranges are displayed as decorations and are also exchanged among friends and acquaintances.

How many oranges is good luck? ›

Tip: Always offer two mandarin oranges with both hands. This is the most basic form of respect in Chinese culture. Your recipient may politely refuse at first, but don't give up — keep trying and they'll eventually give in and exchange a pair with you! Visiting the house of a newlywed couple?

What animal is good luck? ›

Bulls are known for bringing luck to a variety of cultures. Greek, Celtic, Egyptian and East Indian people all see the animal as a powerful force.

What animal represents death? ›

Certain animals such as crows, cats, owls, moths, vultures and bats are associated with death; some because they feed on carrion, others because they are nocturnal. Along with death, vultures can also represent transformation and renewal.

What animal symbolizes wealth? ›

Bat. An ancient symbol of wealth, the word 'bat' means prosperity in Chinese. It should be placed in the Southeast section of your home as it is known to be a symbol of wealth and wellness.

What is the lucky fruit for 2022? ›

The fruit Pomegranate traditionally represents abundance because of its many, many seeds. The color red is also connected to good luck and protection. The fruit basically symbolizes fertility and happiness in the family.

Is pineapple good luck for New Year? ›

Pineapples stand for wealth and good luck. Some Chinese people also use pineapples for cooking. When it's Chinese Lunar New Year, it's a good idea to buy two pineapples and place at home, especially in areas around Fujian Province.

What is the luckiest food? ›

Good Luck Foods
  • Grapes. Grapeful for grapes. ...
  • Black-Eyed Peas, Leafy Greens, Cornbread. There's a saying in the South, “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, cornbread for gold.” Bring prosperity to 2022 with this hearty and healthy bowl of black-eyed pea goodness from Well Plated. ...
  • Pork. ...
  • Lentils.

Can you eat chicken on new year's day? ›

According to Country Living, eating chicken around a new year can attract bad luck — it's said that, since chickens have wings, your good fortune could literally fly away.

What does rice mean for New Years? ›

Sometimes you add a pork of some kind (ham hocks or salt pork), also for luck, sometimes greens, symbolic for money or wealth and rice, which can mean abundance.

What are 3 foods that are eaten on New Year's day? ›

Black-Eyed Peas, Greens, and Cornbread

Even folks who aren't from the Southern United States go all in on eating black-eyed peas and leafy greens for good luck on New Year's Day. Add a slice of cornbread, and you've got "peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold."

What do you eat for good luck at midnight? ›

Eating for luck on New Year's: Why foods from black-eyed peas to grapes promise prosperity
  • 12 grapes. Spaniards eat 12 grapes when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. ...
  • Pork. Speaking of pork, pigs have long been considered lucky. ...
  • Noodles. ...
  • Pomegranate seeds.
31 Dec 2020

What meat do you eat on New Year's day? ›

Pork. Ham is often a holiday centerpiece, but pork is specifically thought to bring good luck on New Year's Day. So why is pork a New Year's food tradition?

What do Chinese eat for dinner? ›

Dinner has become the most important meal for many Chinese. The dishes usually include soup, a variety of meats and vegetables, and rice. Because dinner is a meal to enjoy with the family the food is very hearty.

What do kids get on Chinese New Year? ›

Gold represents wealth and good fortune. One very important tradition of the Chinese New Year is exchanging gifts. A traditional gift that is given is small red envelopes filled with "lucky money". These envelopes are given to children by their family and friends.

What are some Chinese customs? ›

Here are 13 customs to know before traveling to China.
  • Chopsticks are never placed upright in a rice bowl. ...
  • Burping is considered a sign of gratitude. ...
  • Tea cups are constantly refilled. ...
  • A gift will be refused a number of times before it is accepted. ...
  • Spitting loudly in public is common.
3 Sept 2015

What do people do on new year's day? ›

Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year's foods, making resolutions for the new year and watching fireworks displays.

Why do we eat noodles on Chinese New Year? ›

Longevity Noodles — Happiness and Longevity

Longevity noodles (长寿面 Chángshòu Miàn /chung-show myen/) unsurprisingly symbolize a wish for longevity. Their length and unsevered preparation are also symbolic of the eater's life. It is a lucky food eaten on Chinese New Year Day in North China.

How much money do you give for Chinese New Year? ›

The closer the relationship, the higher the amount. Generally, parents and grandparents receive $100-$300, children receive $20, friends and relatives receive $10-$30 and employees are given a red envelope on the last working day before New Year of $20-$200 as a small holiday bonus.

Do Chinese believe in luck? ›

In addition to feng-shui, many Chinese people believe in lucky or un- lucky numbers. Unlike Western cultures, which often support the concept of a lucky 7, Chinese people consider numbers 8 and 6 as lucky and 4 as unlucky.

What is China's most important culture? ›

The Chinese traditional cultural values of harmony, benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom, honesty, loyalty, and filial piety are embodied in China's diplomacy through the concept of harmony, the most important Chinese traditional value.

What is the most popular tradition in China? ›

Here are eight for your list:
  1. Spring Festival. ...
  2. Tomb Sweeping Day. ...
  3. Dragon Boat Festival. ...
  4. National Day. ...
  5. Peach Blossom Festival. ...
  6. Shanghai Longhua Temple Fair. ...
  7. Lantern Festival. ...
  8. Laba Festival.
14 Mar 2017

How can I bring good luck on New Years? ›

7 New Year's Good Luck Traditions Around the World
  1. Keep your money under the carpet.
  2. Burn an “old man.”
  3. Turn the oven on and music up.
  4. Do good. Eat good.
  5. Wave bad luck goodbye.
  6. Fill your house with money - and some round fruit.
  7. Pop some grapes and grab a suitcase.
22 Dec 2017

What brings good luck on New Year's day? ›

Eat black-eyed peas and collard greens.

Eating black-eyed peas and collard greens on the first day of the new year is supposed to bring good luck and prosperity (aka that $$, honey).

Can you wash dishes on New Years? ›

Do not wash clothes or dishes on New Year's Day as you'll be washing for the dead in the new year.

Why do we eat pineapple on Chinese New Year? ›

Pineapple Tarts

The Hokkiens also consider certain fruits auspicious, and they are particularly fond of pineapple, ong lai in the Hokkien dialect, which literally means “fortune come”. Hence, the pineapple is often incorporated into Chinese New Year snacks and decorations.

What is the lucky food for New Year 2022? ›

Certain foods, like noodles, cabbage, and lentils, symbolize good fortune in the new year. After downing plenty of bubbly and sweet treats on New Year's Eve, start 2022 off right with these New Year's good-luck foods that all promise wealth, prosperity and good fortune in the coming year.

Can you eat eggs on Chinese New Year? ›

Eating a whole egg in any kind of preparation is an important part of welcoming the new year and celebrating the Spring Festival—the rounding of the cruel curve of winter in Chinese culture.

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