Here’s a riddle – What will you get if you mix extravagant fireworks, family feasts, spry lion dances and exchanging red envelops? Well, it can mean only one thing, the most celebrated universal festival.
It’s Chinese New Year once again that starts from February 19 to 25 in China. The festival dates back 5000 years ago and at present, it stretches to a two-week grand celebration. The celebrations vary from city to city, but these tips can provide the best ways to enjoy this festival.
The Best Places to Celebrate
Apparently, there is no alternative for spending such a jubilant festival elsewhere other than China. Destinations such as Beijing, Manila and Hong Kong offer enticing moments to experience the traditional holiday. If you can’t make it to China for the celebrations, the Chinatowns are the most appropriate alternatives. In San Francisco, the New Year parade is considered massive and of its own kind.
Food is the core attraction of the Chinese New Year festival especially when the family reunion dinner takes place. Most of the dishes are attached to traditions and bear names that are specific wishes for the New Year. Dumplings are frequently relished towards midnight and this is a custom that goes back to the imperialism times of yore and signifies wealth and prosperity in the upcoming years.
Long noodles are a favourite choice and such noodles personify long life and height of success in everyone’s life. Fish and chicken are also prominent dishes to Chinese New Year along with rice cakes, spring rolls and other green veggies.
What should one wear?
Red is the blazing colour of the Chinese New Year. Legends go back to those times when a disgusting beast scared the villagers long ago on New Year’s Day. It was frightened by two facts: a person wearing red and an array of bright red clothes left for drying. Such tales led to the fact that red colour drives off any evil or bad fortune.
Apart from this, red colour is also the colour of prosperity that signifies truth, honesty and desirable quality. During this festive season, red can be seen in every celebration, event and festival.