How to Start 2017 Off Right: Tips on Preparing for the Chinese New Year

on 01/06/2017 - 10:36 am

Welcome to ShekouDaily's first Weekend NewsVideo of 2017! Now that we're back from the New Year Holiday it's time to start preparing for the next one!

 

2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster, or Red Rooster, which is expected to herald in an enterprising and fruitful year where "things get done." Some of you may be thinking this refers to Donald Trump as he kind of looks like a red cock; however, he's actually born in the year of the dog so next year is his year. Still, we can expect 2017 to be an energetic and exciting year to say the least.

2017 Chinese New Year of the Cock - Donald Trump - Dog

 

With the Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, just three weeks away it's time to start preparing to ensure that 2017 is a much better year than 2016. Here are a few tips to get us started.

 

Click play on the video below or scroll down for the complete newsletter with addresses, phone numbers and more...  (More on the Chinese New Year will continue to be added in the coming weeks. Visit ShekouDaily.com/cny for up-to-date information.)

 

Special thanks to Caisa for her help in producing these weekend NewsVideos.

 

 ShekouDaily Weekend Newsletter Podcast November 4th, 2016

 

From January 12th to the 26th millions of people will be traveling home, cleaning and shopping. Don't wait til it's too late to do this stuff unless you like being stuck in massive crowds.

Chinese New Year Crowds

 

Train tickets to many popular destinations are already sold out for these dates so if you expect to travel, it may be best to fly. I personally prefer just hanging out here in Shekou during the holiday as it's really a great relaxing and quiet time here.

Buying Train Tickets during the Chinese New Year

 

If you really want to travel during the Chinese New Year, consider C&G's Classic Trip to Hangzhou and Wuzhen. For more info, call C&G at 15112581340 or click here.

Classic Trip for Chinese New Year - Hangzhou and Wuzhen!

 

Any cutting during the Chinese New year is considered unlucky, so hair and fingernails should be trimmed in advance that's why I'm here now.

Tips on Preparing for the Chinese New Year of the Cock

 

Many people also buy new clothes, preferably red, during this time. If red just isn't your color, wearing red underwear or a red bracelet is also common.

Wear Red Underwear During the Chinese New Year Holiday

 

This is also the time to start cleaning house. Clear out all those drawers, broken items, dead plants, and all that clutter to make room for better things. Finish all of your cleaning before the holiday arrives to get rid of all the bad luck gathered in 2016 as sweeping the house during Chinese New Year is considered unlucky. They say you actually sweep away the new, incoming good luck!

Spring Festival Cleaning for the Chinese New Year

 

Another tradition is to cover your home with good luck decorations including banners with New Year messages. Red and Gold are lucky colors, symbolizing vitality of life, happiness, wealth and prosperity. These decorations will be sold all over the place in coming days or you can make your own.

Chunlian, Chinese Spring Festival Banners and Messages of Good Luck

 

If you need some help, TLI offers some great classes and activities on these and other Chinese traditions every year. Click here for more info or call 2161-8221.

TLI Tapei Language Institute

 

On New Year's Day, families come together to celebrate with an important feast. Food is prepared long ahead of time and all knives are put away as using a knife during the first days of the New Year "cuts off" all the good luck for the coming year.

Chinese family gathers for the Chinese New year

 

Here's a list of what foods are typically eaten during Chinese New Year and what they represent:


Traditional Foods for the Chinese New Year


Plants are also supposed to bring luck so many people buy them leading up to the holiday. If you're looking for some of the traditionally "lucky plants", the most popular are: orange trees, mandarin or kumquat trees, lucky bamboo, branches of cherry blossoms, and stalks of pussy willows.

Lucky Plants for the Chinese New Year

 

If you're planning to visit other people's homes, don't show up empty handed. Alcohol, tea, fruit, flowers, and sweets are great gifts for party hosts. If you choose to give fruit, give oranges. Avoid giving pears and white flowers.

Traditional Gifts during the Chinese New Year

 

Don't forget to prepare plenty of hongbao, or red envelopes. Typically, these are given by relatives, close friends and neighbors to unmarried children. Whether you should give and how much really depends on your personal relationship with them. They're treated very much like Christmas presents. Red envelopes are also given by companies to their employees as a year-end bonus and to customers to thank them for their business.

Hongbao, or red envelopes, during the Chinese New Year


Children wanting a hongbao will usually say: "Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái, Hóng Bāo Ná Lái!!!", meaning "Best wishes for the New Year, may I have my Red Envelope please?" Watch out with the phrase Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái. When you say this some people may expect a red envelope from you. If you want to give a cost-free new year's greeting than Xi Nian Kuai Le (meaning Happy New Year) is safer.

Children and Hongbao during Chinese New Year


When giving red envelopes, avoid any amounts with a "4", this is the "bad luck" number in China.  "8" is a lucky number. New, crispy and shiny bills are always best.

Unlucky number 4, lucky number 8

 


One of my favorite things about this time of year is that there are a ton of company parties. If you're planning to throw a party but haven't picked a venue yet, please consider one of these venues as they've helped to support ShekouDaily in 2016. If you need any helping deciding which venue is right for you, call 152.1943.8707 for some free assistance.

 

 - The Hilton Hotel, Eden Garden

 - X-TA-SEA Sports Bar & Restaurant

 - R+ Fitness

 - C&G

 - Kosmo

 - RAMA Club (NEW)

 - Terrace

 - Les 5 Chef's Backstube

 - Pancho's Mexican Restaurant

 - Spice Circle Indian Restaurant

 - BEST Archery Center

 - HH Gourmet

 - Chill's

 - Blu Bamboo

 - George & Dragon

 

That's it for this year's tips for preparing for the Chinese New Year. Don't forget that on Friday January 20th, we're going to hold ShekouDaily's 3-Year Anniversary Party! It's going to be an awesome event with live music, freeflow Vedett Beer, Wine from Exotic Winds Spanish Wines and more at the Terrace in Sea World! We'll be sending out more info shortly so stay tuned!

 

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