Learn about red packets, tangyuan, lanterns, and other Chinese New Year traditions.
The Lanterns of Auckland Lantern Festival
LEARN FOUR LUNAR NEW YEAR GREETINGS
Spring couplets, commonly known as “fai chun”, carry lucky wishes and sayings and are a must-know at the start of the Year of the Tiger. Did you know “tiger” is pronounced “fu” in Cantonese? The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office offers a quick lesson for you to learn a few lucky sayings!
SNAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR DÉCOR
How to prep for the Year of the Tiger? The tradition is to clean up home and decorate it with all sorts of festive ornaments and couplets, and fill up Chinese candy boxes and red envelopes! Here are some snappy ideas.
SENDING BLESSINGS IN RED ENVELOPES
In the digital age, when “lai see” (lucky money) can be transferred via electronic means during Lunar New Year, nothing matches the joy of giving and receiving “lai see” in traditional red envelopes that signify good luck.
DRESSING UP FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR
The tip is to wear red, which symbolises vitality and good luck during this festive time of the year. Clothing credit: Vivienne Tam, internationally renowned fashion designer
Landmarks of China
Check out these incredible landmarks around China and the many activities people do to celebrate lantern festival. Credit: China Travel Serivce