8 things you must DO before Chinese New Year

If you liked our last article about the crazy Aquarius sign, now we’ll tell you what the new Chinese year brings you. Tonight starts the Horse Year, one of Chinese’s favorite animals. 

Horses were known to provide a good and quick transportation before cars, therefore, the horse is not only a symbol of traveling, but also a sign of speeding success.

Chinese have a lot of superstitions but we have selected the best ones for you. So here’s what you should do before New Year:

1. New clothes

It might be just a good excuse for you to take care of your favorite hobby: shopping.


2. Set off firecrackers

These are used to drive away the evil in China. So, right after midnight, you should launch fireworks to celebrate the coming of the New Year. You’ll also drive away the evil. Or so they say. J It is believed that the person who launches the first firework will have good luck. So, jump on and don’t miss your chance.

3. Clean the house

Yeah. This is not the most loved chore but the tradition says that cleaning the house will "sweep away the bad luck" that has accumulated inside over the past year. This way you’ll also make the house ready for the good luck to start entering again.

4. Decorate your home with bright colors

Since Christmas passed and you had to take down all the decorations, maybe you already missed them. So it’s time to decorate again. Preferably in red, because it is the color of good luck in Chinese culture.


5. Eat lots of lucky food

Yes, we said you can eat. A lot.

6. Chinese cuisine

It would be better to cook your own food, but if you'd like to do it faster and easier, order at the local Chinese restaurant and you’re ready.

7. New Year's Eve dinner

Or family time. The New Year's Eve dinner is the most important dinner for Chinese. Normally this is the family reunion dinner where usually fish and dumplings are being served.

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8. Red packets

Red packets are red envelopes with money. Usually adults and elders give the red packets to young children in the New Year days. It was believed that the money in the red packet would suppress the evil from the children, keep them healthy and long living.

Source:Sun Scholars

Now that you know what to do, let the good luck come to you!