New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions:
- Chinese New Year’s Eve is February 11th, and Chinese New Year’s Day is February 12th, 2021.
- Family Reunion Dinner always includes a whole fish which represents surplus and fortune for the new year. Fish is called “yu” which has a similar pronunciation as “surplus.”
- Eating dumplings jiaozi. Jiaozi sounds like two words meaning “exchange” and “midnight” so dumplings are emblematic of the exchange between the old and new year.
- Fireworks also come from the legend of Nian. Chinese New Year’s Eve sees the largest usage of fireworks on the planet.
- Red envelopes, Hong Bao, of money are traditionally given to children.
- Temple Fairs include traditional folk performances, puppet shows, blessing ceremonies, and more.
- Parades are held worldwide. The dragon is always the final showcase of the Chinese New Year’s parade bringing good luck, a long life, and wisdom.
Many countries celebrate the New Year. These are some traditional New Year’s greetings in different languages:
- China: Gōng xī fā cái “Happiness and Prosperity”
- Vietnam: Chúc Mùng Năm Mói “Happy New Year
- Korea: Sae hae bok manhi bah doo seh yo “Please receive lots of Luck this New Year”
- Singapore: Gong xi fa cai “Wishing you prosperity and wealth”
- Indonesia: Selamat Tahun Baru, mari kita sambut “Happy New Year, let’s start the New Year with joy.”
- The Philippines: Kung Hei Fat Choi “Happy Chinese New Year”
- and there are many more!