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The new year isn't going to just ring itself in; make this New Year's Eve a night to remember with the ideas in these videos.
You Will Need
- Traditional foods
- New, red clothing
- Red envelopes
- Red, paper lantern
- Firecrackers (optional)
- Drums and gongs (optional)
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Find the next date of Chinese New Year, which changes with the lunar cycle. Learn which of the 12 zodiac animals is associated with that year's celebration.
Before the Chinese New Year arrives, clean your house, and settle any outstanding debts with friends. According to tradition, this helps the new year get off to a fresh start.
Get together with friends and family on the eve of Chinese New Year for a reunion dinner, a large, celebratory feast. Make a batch of nian gao, steamed cakes made with rice flour, which are said to bring good luck.
Buy new, red clothes to wear throughout the Chinese New Year celebration; the color is considered lucky.
Give red envelopes filled with money to friends and relatives to invite success and generosity into everyone's lives. Use an amount ending in 8, which is particularly lucky in Chinese culture, and avoid the number 4.
Attend a Chinese New Year parade, one of the most popular ways to celebrate the holiday's hopeful spirit. You can also light firecrackers and bang drums and gongs to celebrate.
Light up the night
On the 15th night of the new year, light a red paper lantern to mark the end of the holiday. Then, wish your friends and family "Gong Xi Fa Tsai," and prepare for 12 months of prosperity and luck.