Essential Chinese New Year Items to Welcome the Year of the Dragon 2024

Essential Chinese New Year Items to Welcome the Year of the Dragon 2024

The Chinese Lunar New Year of 2024 is just around the corner! It's a moment for families to unite and rejoice in the conclusion of the past year and the commencement of the new one.

Here to check your must-haves during the Chinese new year!

 

Essential Chinese New Year Items to Welcome the Year of the Dragon 2024

 

Window Sticker

Part of the significant tradition for Chinese people during the New Year is pasting window stickers and the character '福'(fú) for good fortune. To more fully embody this longing and blessing, people in the folk tradition often choose to flip the character "福" and paste it upside down, symbolizing that "happiness has arrived" or "blessings have come.

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Starry Mart Chinese New Year Static Window Sticker

 Starry Mart New Year Fu Character Decoration Velvet Sticker

Starry Mart Chinese New Year Transparency Window Clings - "Fa Cai" Become Rich

 

Rice Cake (年糕 Nian Gao)

Certain dishes are eaten during the Chinese New Year for their symbolic meaning. The most common Chinese New Year foods include dumplings, fish, spring rolls, and rice cake (nian gao). Nian gao means new year’s cake. In Chinese traditions, it is customary to consume dishes with auspicious meanings during New Year celebrations. This involves eating foods with names that resemble New Year's greetings. In the case of 'nian gao,' the pronunciation of '糕'(gao) is the same to the pronunciation of the character '高'(gao), meaning 'high'. Hence, enjoying Nian gao is believed to symbolize a higher and better year ahead.

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Hoe Hup Chinese Rice Cake

Hoe Hup Fish Shape Nian Gao Rice Pudding

 

Gifting Ideas

Giving gifts to loved ones is an important part of celebrating the Chinese New Year. Senior family members will give red packets to younger members of the family, younger members will give gifts to them in return, and hosts may also be given gifts as a thank you for holding the celebrations.

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Starry Mart Chinese New Year Dragon Bowls Gift Set

Starry Mart Good Luck Orange Tableware Gift Set

 

Waving Lucky Cat

The waving lucky cat is believed to bring its owner luck and fortune, it can be one of your best gifting ideas. As a general rule, the lucky cat should be placed in a busy area. This is often the entrance or living room in a house, or the most used room of a house.

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Starry Mart Solar Maneki Neko Waving Lucky Cat - Golden Treasure Bowl

Starry Mart Maneki Lucky Cat Key Holder Tray With Wood Rack - Luck And Bless

Starry Mart Solar Maneki Neko Waving Lucky Cat - Wealth From All Directions Blue Cat

 

As you prepare to welcome the Year of the Dragon in 2024, incorporating these lucky Chinese New Year essentials into your celebrations adds a meaningful touch to the festivities. From vibrant decorations to auspicious foods and cherished traditions, each element contributes to the joy and prosperity of the occasion.

Embrace the spirit of renewal, gather with loved ones, and may the coming year be filled with good fortune, success, and moments of happiness. Wishing you a spectacular and auspicious Year of the Dragon!