Lantern-FestivalWelcome back to Hutong School website! This will be the final delivery of the Chinese New Year Series. Today we are going to learn more about the traditions of this very interesting holiday!

Learning Chinese enables you to go deeper on this very important holiday for the Chinese people. Immerse yourself in their traditions and learn to become familiar with the Chinese world through the activities carried out during the Chinese New Year. Here are the most important activities:

  • To give red envelopes (hóng bāo, 红包) as a present. They are red envelopes that contain money and that are given mostly to children or young people.
  • To wear red colours.  You can wear (chuān, 穿) red colour clothes (hóngsè de yīfu, 红色的衣服) because it symbolizes prosperity and good fortune.
  • Cleaning the house is a long-observed Chinese New Years tradition. In Chinese, “dust” is a homophone for the word “chen” meaning the old. Therefore a year-end cleaning is needed to drive the old things or the bad luck away from the house and getting ready for the new year.
  • Pasting Spring Festival Couplets on the doorways are part of the festival’s traditions. Spring Festival Couplets can be traced back over 1000 years. Modern-day Spring couplets are pasted on the doorway with two vertical red scrolls and a horizontal scroll with good wishes written on them.
  • On the Lantern Festival (Yuánxiāojié, 元宵节), which is celebrated on the last day of the Chinese New Year´s celebrations, people (especially children) light lanterns. This tradition officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Hutong School invites you to learn more about this very traditional Chinese festival and its celebrations. Find out more about traditional foods of Chinese New Year and how to celebrate Chinese New Year. The school’s staff wishes you the best for these holidays and your experience in China is filled with happiness and prosperity! We wish you an excellent and happy Chinese New Year!

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Zhù dàjiā xīnniánkuàilè! 祝大家新年快乐!