China is Preparing to Meet the New Year

t's almost time to welcome the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival of the Lunar New Year on Tuesday (February 5).

Compared to new year celebrations in the west, Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration with many preparations and traditions!

Following is a break-down of all the characteristics that the Chinese New Year celebration entails:

Important Traditions

Decorations are an important tradition of Chinese New Year and red is the main color of the festival.

Red Envelopes

Similar to gift giving during Christmas, giving red envelopes with money is an important tradition during Chinese New Year. 

Family time

The central theme of Chinese New Year is family. Regardless where you are living or working, people will return to their home city to spend time with their family during CNY.

Cleaning clothes, using scissors and sweeping floors are some of the easier omens to sidestep, however parents might find it difficult to dodge crying children and - on the more extreme end of the scale - women might find it difficult to avoid leaving the house all day.

According to Chinese superstition, doing any of these on February 5th - the day Chinese New Year falls on in 2019 - will lead to bad luck for the entire coming year. However it isn't all doom and gloom: 2019 is the Year of the Pig, an animal which symbolises wealth.

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