5 ways to celebrate Lunar New Year in lockdown
Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is celebrated by more than 20% of the world, and is a very important holiday within the asian community.
This is the year of the Ox, and we wanted to share with you 5 ways you can celebrate Lunar New Year at home this year!
1. Cook yourself up a feast!
Food is a huge part of the new year festivities, and typically, a lot of thought and care is put into the menus, as the dishes are created to give blessings for the next year. Though every region can have different customs, some of the most common dishes that represent good luck, prosperity, happiness, and longevity are: Spring rolls, dumplings, steamed fish/chicken, noodles, rice cakes, and oranges.
2. Clean your room and wear something new!
Cleaning your room is a tradition that represents saying goodbye to the old year, and welcoming the new year, and what better way than with new clothes? Get dressed up and celebrate in style - we of course recommend anything in red or gold - but any bright colour works!
3. Brighten up your room with decorations!
It’s always so easy to know when Lunar New Year is quickly approaching, as we often see Chinatown in an abundance of colourful decorations, especially red ones! Red symbolises happiness and good fortune, so why not create some festivity for the celebration and decorate your accommodation with lanterns, paper cuttings and couplets?
Remember: no candles or flames in your room though.
4. Have a zoom call with your family!
One of the most important parts of the Lunar New Year celebrations is celebrating it with your family and friends! Though it will undoubtedly be different this year, have a zoom call with your family and be together virtually, if not physically, to make the most of the new year.
Interesting fact: The annual celebration sees the largest human migration in the world as millions make the journey home for the new year to be with their family.
5. Watch CCTV New Year’s Gala!
This variety show is broadcasted by China Central Television (CCTV) to celebrate the end of the year, and will be broadcasted on February 11 at 8pm (CST). We highly recommend getting online and watching the live stream on YouTube, as it’s something you won’t want to miss. There are so many types of performances to enjoy such as comedy acts, acrobats, dance, and Chinese Opera, so there’s something for everyone!
We hope you enjoy the festivities this Lunar New Year, even if it is a bit different, and wish you all great happiness and prosperity this new year!
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