An SPP Student tells about her Chinese New Year traditions back home…
Chinese New Year is the most important festivity for the Chinese people. It is also called the “Spring Festival” or the “Lunar New Year.”
The most important part of the Chinese New year is that the people who are working or have jobs very far away from their hometown go back to their family before the New Year’s Eve. All family members should be together and have a grand family reunion dinner.
About the food:
We make dumplings on the Chinese New Year Eve. It is one of the traditional foods. It means people will have an auspicious new year. Fish is always part of the dinner because it presents abundance. We have different foods to celebrate the Chinese New Year. In the south of China, people always make spring rolls, but in the north of our country, people will make noodles, dumplings, or New Year cakes.
To all the children, “lucky money” is the best part of Chinese New Year. They go to visit their relatives and say “Happy New Year” to the elders. They will always get a red packet [that contains money]. The lucky money is given from elders. It means they wish the young kids to have a good year, be healthy and have good grades.
My favorite part:
For me, there are the most important parts of the Chinese Happy New Year: Being with all my family and getting lucky money. Preparing to have a good and fresh new year. Being successful in the next year.
– Xin Qi (Althea) Song, Student from China