A Traditional Chinese New Year

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.

Lucky money:

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

A Student Glimpse into a Lunar New Year

An SPP Student tells of his traditions back home for the Lunar New Year:


“Back home we play with firecrackers/fireworks on the last day of January. You have food with your own family; every family member should be together. After that day, we will visit [our relatives]. Children usually get red envelopes ‘Hong Bao’ with money in them. They give this money [in a red] because in the ancient times they believed there is a monster that is afraid of big noise and anything that is red. The monster is called “Nian,” the meaning of this is “year.” When the Nian got away that signified that the year has passed and it will be a new year.

This year here in America, he celebrated very differently…

“First we went to the Mall of America. Then with my friends we had a big dinner at the Grand Sichuan, there were 28 Chinese students from our school.”

– Bob, SPP Student