All You Have to Know on The First Day of Chinese New Year

All You Have to Know on The First Day of Chinese New Year

As the vibrant colours of lanterns light up the streets and the tantalizing aroma of festive delicacies fills the air, we joyfully welcome the first day of Chinese New Year! This auspicious occasion is steeped in tradition, each ritual carrying centuries of cultural significance. Let's delve into the enchanting customs that mark the beginning of this joyous lunar celebration.


All You Have to Know on The First Day of Chinese New Year


Familial Visits and Blessings: The first day of Chinese New Year is a time for cherished familial visits. Family members, young and old, come together to exchange warm greetings and heartfelt blessings. It's a tradition where younger generations express their wishes for prosperity and happiness to their elders. This beautiful exchange transforms the act of paying respects into a meaningful blessing, fostering strong family bonds.


Red Envelopes and Prosperity

Following the exchange of auspicious words, a symbol of prosperity takes centre stage – the red envelope, or "hongbao" (红包). Elders graciously present these red envelopes to the younger generation, symbolizing a prosperous start to the new year. 


The vibrant red colour is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune. During Chinese New Year, people use this colour from food/drinks with red packaging to decorations, making it a cherished tradition that adds a touch of joy to the celebrations.


Broom Taboos and Financial Luck

Intriguingly, there's a belief that using a broom on the first day of the lunar year can sweep away good luck and potentially invite financial losses. To avoid such misfortunes, households engage in thorough cleaning before New Year's Eve, refraining from using a broom or disposing of garbage on the first day. Instead, a bowl of wastewater is prepared, symbolizing the washing away of negativity while preserving good fortune.


Caution with Household Items

The New Year also brings caution with household items. Breaking furniture is discouraged, as it is seen as an ominous sign of potential financial loss. If accidental breakage occurs, quick thinking and positive phrases like "岁岁平安" (peace every year) or "落地开花,富贵荣华" (fall to the ground and blossom, wealth and honour) are uttered to dispel any negative implications. These customs, passed down through generations, add depth and meaning to the festive celebrations.


As we revel in the joyous festivities of Chinese New Year, let's embrace the rich tapestry of customs that make the first day special. From familial blessings to the symbolism of red envelopes and the mindful approach to household activities, these traditions weave a cultural narrative that transcends time. May the first day of the lunar year usher in prosperity, good fortune, and an abundance of joy for all!


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Happy Chinese New Year!