Author: Mr Lee's Team
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is China's most important festival, and this Friday 12th February marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox. The Ox is the second animal of the Chinese zodiac, and signifies the hard work, positivity and honesty that we will all be channelling in the coming 12 months according to astrologers.
Usually, people across the world celebrate this time of year by attending festivals and parades, heading out for dinner and meeting up with family and friends. Unfortunately, due to coronavirus restrictions, things are a bit different this year but that doesn’t have to stop you celebrating! Here are some other ways you can still bring in the new year from the comfort of your home.
Get Creative with Chinese Decorations
During the new year celebrations, every street, building, and house in China is decorated with red – which is the main colour for the festival and represents luck and good fortune for the year ahead. Decorations include red lanterns, paper decorations, New Year’s paintings, and blooming flowers such as peonies, orchids and peach blossoms. To create a Chinese New Year atmosphere this year, get creative making your own decorations at home! Why not use Mr Lee’s pots to decorate your house? Check out how to make a cup dragon puppet and get some more arts and crafts inspiration here.
Send Greeting Cards
The exchange of greeting cards between friends and family during Chinese New Year is an annual tradition, why not surprise your loved ones by sending them a handmade card this year? Red envelopes are usually filled with ‘lucky’ money and given to children or unmarried adults during Chinese New Year.
Eat Traditional Chinese Meals
Food and drink play a big part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Some traditional dishes include fish and dumplings on New Year’s Eve (11th February) to encourage prosperity followed by noodle soup on New Year’s Day which is thought to bring luck.
If you feel like venturing into the kitchen check out our Hong Kong Street Beef Recipe from our new cookbook. The Noodle Cookbook is launching on 4th March in the UK and is now available on pre-sale from Amazon. It will be launching in Australia in May and in the USA this Fall.
Not up for cooking? You can look for takeaway options at your local eateries or you can try our variety of healthy tasty noodle cups.
Get Dressed Up
Red or bright coloured clothing should be worn for your Chinese New Year festivities. It is also tradition to buy something new for the occasion; this is symbolically in line with many other aspects of the festival, which emphasise the idea of change, new beginnings, and ridding of the old.
Ring a Bell
A bell is a symbol of Chinese New Year, and people believe that ringing a large bell can drive away bad luck and bring good fortune. At midnight on the 11th, ring the bell to celebrate the exciting year ahead.
There are plenty of creative ways of celebrating safely this year! How are you adapting your Chinese New Year traditions? Send us an email at [email protected] we would love to hear them!