The Chinese New Year Eve is coming. There are many traditions of celebrating the Chinese New Year. The main activities include:
Putting up decorations
Every street, building, and house is adorned with red during the Spring Festival. Red is the main color for the festival, as it is believed to be an auspicious. For example, red spring couplets hang on both sides of the doorframe, which is a symbol of people’s good wishes for the new year.
Eating a reunion dinner
Chinese lunar New Year is a time for families reunion. The New Year Eve dinner is called a 'reunion dinner', and is the most important meal of the year. At ECNU, free New Year Eve dinner is provided for every ECNUer chosen to stay on campus during the festival in response to the COVID-19 prevention and control.
Setting up firecrackers and fireworks
It has long been a Chinese tradition to set off firecrackers from the first moment of the new year. However, since 2016, selling and setting off fireworks has been banned inside the outer ring roads in Shanghai to help improve Shanghai's air quality during the Spring Festival.
Giving out red packets
The most common New Year gifts are red packets. Red packets contain money inside, and are believed to be able to bring good luck to the recipient for their color. Children are the happiest during the Spring Festival when they receive red packets from their elder relatives.
Author: Yuan Yiwei, Xu Xincheng
Copy editor: Joshua Mayfield
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Editor: Wicky Xu