Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and is celebrated as the Spring Festival. This year, Chinese New Year is on Tuesday 5 February and celebrates the Year of the Pig.
Chinese people believe that a good start to the year will lead to a lucky year. The main celebrations include eating ‘reunion’ dinner with the family, giving red envelopes of money, firecrackers and new clothes. Houses and streets are decorated with lucky red items. Red is a colour of energy, happiness and good luck.
In China, the red envelopes are known as hongbao (red packets) and they contain money and are given mostly to children and elders. The money must be crisp, new notes. More recently, younger people send ‘red envelopes’ via online money transfer through WeChat (China’s messaging app).
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