The most important holiday on the Chinese calendar is ushering in with another four-legged friend, the twelfth of the Chinese Zodiac animals, the pig. With their chubby faces and big ears, pigs are a symbol of wealth and good fortune.
How does it work?
Do clean your house – Out with the old and in with the new, the day before. Get ready for a new start by cleaning out all the bad luck from your house.
Do give red envelopes – Giving a red envelope symbolises good luck and is said to ward off evil spirits. They usually contain money to children from their parents, grandparents and others. Never give a white envelope, those are for funerals.
Do wear new clothes – It is believed that wearing new clothes from head to toe, usually red or colourful, symbolises the new start and fresh hopes.
Don’t say negative words – You don’t want to jinx yourself or bring bad luck.
Don’t fight or cry – Be peaceful to ensure the path into the new year is smooth.
Don’t use scissors, knives or other sharp objects – Sharp objects symbolise cutting the stream of wealth, health and success.
Where to celebrate Chinese New Year
What to eat, why and how to make it
Food plays an important part in celebrating the Chinese New Year. Good food brings good luck, so make sure you stock up.
Whole fish (Yu) – To increase prosperity and richness.
Dumplings (Jiaozi) – Symbolising Chinese currency and wealth.
Sweet rice balls (Tanguyan) – For family togetherness.
Glutinous Rice Cake (Niangao) – For a higher income or position.
Gifting for Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the perfect time to celebrate life and togetherness with family and friends. Even if you aren’t attending a festival, Edgars Club makes getting together easy.