Why We Celebrate Chinese New Year
Why do people celebrate CNY?
Although the start of the Lunar New Year is decorated with legends and stories explaining the start of the Chinese New Year Festival, the two main reasons of celebration are:
- To celebrate a year of hard work and good harvest
- To relax and spend time with family before wishing for a lucky and prosperous new year
How do people celebrate CNY?
Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together. Reunion dinner usually celebrated on New Year’s Eve and is believed to be the most important meal of the year. Big families of several generations sit around round tables and enjoy the food and time together.
Lucky Red Items
The several weeks leading up to Chinese New Year will see several buildings and homes decorated with red lanterns, ribbons and couplets. Red is an auspicious colour, and used to bring in the good luck for the New Year.
Many towns and communities organise fairs, parades and some more traditional celebrations such as ancestral worship, dragon dances and firework shows.
Giving Red Envelopes
Just like Christmas where people exchange gifts with their loved ones, the Chinese New Year festival sees families exchanging red envelopes which have money in it. Red envelopes and are usually given to children, or younger family members. Red envelopes are used in the hope of giving good luck (as well as money) to the receivers.
Cleaning (before New Year’s Day)
Superstition dictates that the entire house should be cleaned before New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Eve, all brooms, brushes, dusters, dust pans and other cleaning equipment are put away. Cleaning on New Year’s Day is believe to sweep the good fortune away. So get rid of last year’s bad luck, and welcome the New Year by getting your house cleaned today! Need an extra pair for hands? Find trusted cleaners on ServisHero!