All you need know about Lunar New Year traditions including the popular red envelope tradition and more!
What is Lunar New Year?
What is Chinese New Year? The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, is a vibrant and significant celebration that marks the beginning of the lunar calendar. It's a time for family gatherings, delicious feasts, and festive activities.
When is Chinese New Year?
No need to wonder when does Chinese New Year start. Here's the answer: Chinese New Year starts on Saturday, February 10, 2024.
Who Celebrates Lunar New Year?
Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in China, however many other countries like Vietnam, South Korea and other places with a big Chinese population celebrate.
Chinese New Year has also become more popular celebration in the United States as a way to learn and honor those with Chinese heritage.
How To Celebrate Chinese New Year
Anyone can celebrate Chinese New Year. Here are some of the most important Lunar New Year traditions and how you can incorporate them into your celebrations.
New Year's Eve Dinner
The New Year's Eve dinner is the most important meal during Lunar New Year. Extended families gather, usually at someone's home, to enjoy the nice dinner together.
Fireworks are launched right at 12:00 am on Chinese New Year. Launching fireworks is believed to "ward off" evil spirits and to celebrate a new year. It is also believed that the first person to launch a firework will have good luck for the year.
Cleaning The House
Another popular Lunar New Year tradition is to clean the house from top to bottom. This is done a few days before New Year's Eve as way to remove the old and welcome the new.
After the house is cleaned, many Chinese people will hang red lanterns around the home.
Engage your kids in a creative and crafty Lunar New Year activity by making traditional Chinese lanterns. Provide them with red and gold construction paper, glue, and scissors, and let their imaginations run wild. These lanterns can be hung around the house to symbolize good luck and prosperity.
Year of the Dragon Coloring Pages
Here is a free printable coloring page for Year of the Dragon 2024.
Red Envelope Printables
Red envelopes, or "hongbao," are a symbol of good luck and prosperity during the Lunar New Year. For a fun activity, have kids decorate their own red envelopes using markers, stickers, and glitter. Fill the envelopes with small treats or lucky money and share them with family and friends as a gesture of goodwill.
If you do not have time to decorate red envelopes, use this free red money envelope printable.