10 Best Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Ring in the Year of the Rabbit with some epic Chinese New Year party ideas! Whether you're looking for decorations, food, or games to celebrate, we've got you covered.

Chinese New Year (Image Credit: Pexels)
Chinese New Year (Image Credit: Pexels)

From traditional lion dances to modern twists on classic dishes, there's something for everyone here. So get ready to party like there's no tomorrow!

What is the Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China. It is also known as the Spring Festival, because it marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

The holiday lasts for 15 days, and is usually celebrated in late January or early February. During Chinese New Year, people decorate their homes with red lanterns and paintings, and give gifts to family and friends. They also enjoy special foods such as dumplings and noodles.

On the last day of the holiday, there is a parade called the Dragon Dance, which is said to bring good luck for the coming year.

1. Chinese Lanterns

Lanterns are required at your Chinese New Year celebration! They've become a sign of China, and a bunch of lanterns like this is an excellent, simple decoration for the house. If you're going to a lantern parade, though, these smaller ones that hang from your hand would be ideal.

2. Fortune Cookies

Chinese New Year - Fortune Cookies (Image Credit: Pexels)
Chinese New Year - Fortune Cookies (Image Credit: Pexels)

Fortune cookies, like the ones shown above, are another must-have for a Chinese New Year celebration! The goal of many Chinese customs is to bring good fortune for the new year, and children and adults alike will enjoy opening them to see what their fortune holds.

3. Wear Something Red

On Chinese New Year, wearing red will bring you good fortune for the rest of the year, so please urge your party guests to dress in this color.

You don't have to dress in red from head to toe, but a tiny red scarf or red T-shirt would be ideal.

4. Sweep away the bad luck

You're going to tidy up first if you have a friend over. Cleaning, on the other hand, isn't just about excellent hospitality during Chinese New Year. It's typically done to sweep away bad luck from the previous year. Then, when guests arrive, ask them to remove their shoes at the entrance to promote a clean and smooth transition into the upcoming year.

5. Add gold highlights

Traditional Chinese New Year decorations, on the other hand, are traditionally red. Gold is a color associated with wealth, good fortune, and prosperity; all themes relevant to the new year. Who doesn't want some good luck?

It's also a Chinese New Year custom to send wishes for good luck, success, money, and long life to loved ones. Put those messages where they'll be seen by others. Add a little more of the golden touch by writing the sentiments in gold ink on crimson paper. You may even make your invites red with gold text.

6. Know the Chinese Zodiac

Every new year is said to be endowed with the qualities of one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster (dog and pig are omitted), according to traditional Chinese beliefs. The house also gets adorned with images of the coming zodiac animal.

7. Exchange Red Envelopes for Good Fortune

The tradition of exchanging gifts in a particular way is popular among the Chinese: small red envelopes containing "lucky money." The envelopes represent the transmission of good fortune.

You may either send out envelopes or give them to guests yourself. Give out little red goody bags with homemade candy and fill them with the same money-lucky coins for a delicious year!

8. Prepare Fruit Bowls

Baskets of fruit may be used to adorn your tables. Citrus fruits, such as tangerines, oranges, pomelos, or grapefruits, are ideal since they bring good fortune. They may be put in red bowls or adorned with photos of rats or symbols of good fortune. Not only for decoration purposes but also to be eaten.

You may also give these bowls as gifts to your friends and relatives so that they may spread some luck this year. To make it more personalized, wrap the complete thing in red ribbon and attach a tiny gift tag to the end.

9. Witness a Dragon Dance

The arrival of dragons is an essential part of any Chinese New Year celebration. Dragons are considered to be bringers of good fortune by the Chinese. That said, you may wish to include some dancing in your event for entertainment purposes. This will generate noise that can keep the evil spirits at bay. It also gives people something to enjoy during the party.

Nothing, not even a dragon dance in your neighborhood, will make an occasion more spectacular than many dragons flying around and wishing good luck to everyone they encounter along the route.

10. Setup Fireworks Display

The Chinese are credited with developing gunpowder and eventually fireworks. They were invented over a thousand years ago. Fireworks are a frequent occurrence at every New Year's Eve celebration, especially during the Chinese New Year since they are supposed to frighten away bad spirits by loud noises.

If you want to add a more genuine Chinese atmosphere to your Chinese New Year celebration, consider setting up a fireworks show.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is a time of celebration and family reunion. What better way to celebrate than with some epic Chinese New Year party ideas? We've got everything from decorations to food to games, so you can ring in the Year of the Rabbit in style. Whether you're looking for something traditional or modern, we've got you covered.

So start planning now!