The Chinese New Year also known as Lunar New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of new year on the traditional lunar calendar. In Chinese culture and East Asian countries, the festival is commonly referred to as the Spring Festival as the spring season in the lunisolar calendar traditionally starts with lichun, the first of the twenty-four solar terms which the festival celebrates around the time of.
Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in China, and has strongly influenced Lunar New Year celebrations such as the Losar of Tibet and of China's neighboring cultures, including the Korean New Year, and Vietnam. It is also celebrated worldwide in regions and countries with significant Overseas Chinese or Sinophone populations, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Mauritius, as well as many in North America and Europe.
Chinese New Year customs
- Chinese New Year Decorations – Lucky Red Items
Every street, building, and house where Spring Festival is celebrated is decorated with red. Red is the main color for the festival, as red is believed to be an auspicious color.
- Family time
Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) is a time for families to be together. Chinese New Year's Eve is the most important time. Wherever they are, people are expected to be home to celebrate the festival with their families.
- Chinese New Year Gifts
Like at Christmas in other countries, people exchange gifts during the Spring Festiva. The most common New Year gifts are red envelopes and nutrition products.
Gifts for Chinese New Year
- Personal protective equipment:
Your safety is important while celebrating Chinese New Year, wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Healthcare products:
Healthcare products are always ideal for people, especially herbal supplement with high nutritious value.
- Tonic Foods:
For seniors, you can prepare some tonic products, such as edible bird’s nest, ginseng, cordyceps, and sea cucumber.
Tea is the most favored drink in China and widely consumed. Prepare 2-3 boxes of tea leaves in a decent package.