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Chinese New Year Traditions

Chinese New Year Traditions
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It will soon be soon be Chinese New Year. The celebrations begin on 31st January and this year is the Year Of The Horse. We have been looking at some of the traditions of Chinese New Year which include dinners, fireworks and Decorations. The decorations are mainly Red and consist of Lanterns, Chinese Flags and Bunting. There are parades in London on 2nd February and we love to know if you are going to any of these festivities and how you celebrate Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Yearis on 31st January and this year is the Year Of The Horse. There are many traditions surrounding Chinese New Year and the start of the celebrations. A few days before the New Year a thorough house clean is done getting rid of old items ready to bring in new ones. Once this is done the house is decorated to welcome in the New Year. The Decorations are mainly Red in colour and consist of Lanterns , Bunting and Cutouts . The New Years Eve Dinner is considered the most important dinner in China as it is a reunion dinner particularly for family members living away from home. Fish and Dumplings are most commonly served which symbolize prosperity. Fireworks are lit and this is meant to drive away evil in China and bring good luck to the person lighting them. Shou Sui occurs after the New Years Eve Dinner where a family member stays awake all night. Temporary markets are also set up seliing New Year products such as clothing, Hats, Decorationsand food and the stalls are decorated with Lanterns. In London festivities and parades take place on 2nd February in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shatfesbury Avenue.

Will you joining in the celebrations for Chinese New Year?

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