Chinese New Year! Blogged by Evelyn in English + Chinese. All the Boarding Houses of SES celebrate together! Loads of pictures!

An introduction to Chinese New Year 

The Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, is the most important and widely celebrated festival of all in China. It traditionally begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; The night before the 1st day is called Chinese New Year’s Eve. The dinner gathering of Chinese New Year’s Eve is the most important family occasion of the year. This is a time for family reunions, visiting relatives and friends and exchanging greetings for the coming New Year. The last day of the Spring festival which is on15th day is called Lantern Festival and celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.


Traditional Culture


House Cleaning


Cleaning the house is a long-observed Chinese New Year tradition. The ground, the walls, and every corner of the house need to be cleaned.In Chinese, “Dust” is a homophone for the word “Chen”, meaning the old. Therefore a year-end cleaning is needed to drive the old things or the bad luck away from the house, and get ready for a brand new start.


Putting Up New Year Decorations

 Houses are decorated with red lanterns, red couplets, paper Cutouts, and New Year’s paintings. 

Putting up those decorations are thought to keep evil away and pray for blessing, longevity, health, and peace. 2019 is the Year of the Pig, so pig images will appear on decorations. 


Giving Red Envelopes (Lucky Money) to Kids

 Parents usually give their children red envelopeson the first day, which means wishing them can be healthy, lucky in the coming new year. Red envelopes always havesomemoney in. Money in red envelopes is believed to bring good luck, as red is China’s lucky colour, so it’s called lucky money.