Chinese New Year Traditions: Preparation Time!
Preparations for the New Year begin a couple of weeks before the big day. This is a fun time full of anticipation and joy as we get ready for the thrill and excitement of the celebrations. According to the traditions, this is the time to clean the house, prepare food for the feast and make banners and decorations special for the New Year.
A clean house to welcome the New YearBefore the New Year comes, it is one of the Chinese New Year customs to clean the house from top to bottom to get rid off all the bad luck gathered in the previous year.
And after the New Year comes, you cannot sweep during the first days otherwise all the new luck will sweep away!
So one of your Chinese New Year activities will be to... clean your room! Wouldn't want all that accumulated bad luck for another year would you??!!
Cleaning house also means settling all your unfinished business to start fresh for the new year: Pay off all your debts, resolve all quarrels with friends, catch up with homework!!!
Make some Banners and Decorations
Preparing the Chinese New Year BanquetOn New Year's Day, the families come together to celebrate and everything must be ready for this important fest.
Food must be prepared ahead of time, as one of the popular Chinese New Year superstitions dictates that all knives must be put away.
The New Year's feast takes many days to prepare. These are some of the traditional chinese new year foods served on New Year's day and throughout the festivities:
Paying respects to the Ancestors
So now that all the preparations are done with, the long-awaited day arrives and the New Year's festivities can begin! Click here to join in the Chinese New Year Celebrations!
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